NV-Sen: After pressure from Heller campaign, Rosen tells more about educational history

NV-Sen: After pressure from Heller campaign, Rosen tells more about educational history
Rep. Jacky Rosen released more information about her educational history after repeated questions by the Heller campaign. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Dean Heller’s campaign has been putting pressure on Rep. Jacky Rosen to answer questions about a business she said she built and her educational background, accusing her of lying about her past.

Tuesday, Rosen’s campaign attempted to settle at least part of that controversy.

In response to a Heller campaign ad accusing Rosen of lying about a degree in “computers” that she mentioned in a C-SPAN interview, Rosen released a copy of her official transcript, which the Review-Journal examined.

From the Review-Journal:

Rosen earned an associate’s of applied sciences in computing and information technology in 1985 from Clark County Community College — what is now the College of Southern Nevada — according to an official transcript reviewed by the Review-Journal. A CSN spokesman also confirmed the degree to the Review-Journal.

The degree is not listed on either her congressional biography or on her campaign website, and does not appear to have been made public until this week.

Rosen campaign spokesman Stewart Boss said that Heller’s ad used a misleading edit of the C-SPAN interview to make it appear Rosen was lying, and said Heller should “apologize for his baseless lying and try to move on from this embarrassing episode.”

Heller’s campaign, meanwhile, said the revelation of the degree raises the question of what other unknown information about the congresswoman may exist.

“Now that it has been revealed that she also lied about building a business, suddenly she remembers getting a degree in ‘computers’ at a school she has never once mentioned attending,” Schipper said in a statement. “Why was she hiding this, and what else is she hiding?”

Schipper was referencing the lack of information available on a consulting company Rosen said she built and ran in the 1990s and 2000s.

Still a toss-up

The most recent poll by Axios/SurveyMonkey still shows a toss-up race between Rosen and the incumbent Heller, with Rosen leading 48 to 45 percent in a poll with a 5.5 percent margin of error.