Another freshman GOP House member's resume questioned, in investigation by home state TV station
The report follows the discovery of several inaccuracies and falsehoods in the resume of another freshman GOP congressman, New York Rep. George Santos.
The resume of freshman Tennessee GOP Rep. Andy Ogles appears to include several exaggerations, according to an investigative report by a TV station in his state.
Among the conclusions in the report is that Ogles touted himself as an "economist" with no such clear-cut work experience or academic proof.
His credential came into question, at least in part, because he was among a group of House Republicans who opposed California GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy becoming the chamber’s next speaker, which attracted a lot of media attention.
"Yeah, you know, I'm an economist," Ogles told C-SPAN.
The investigative report by News Channel 5 also cites several other examples in which the congressman touts himself as an economist but finds no solid proof that he was specifically employed as one. Ogles also reportedly touted himself on the campaign trial as an economist.
The report also calls into question Ogles college credentials and follows the discovery of several inaccuracies and falsehoods in the resume of another freshman GOP congressman, New York Rep. George Santos, who is under pressure to resign for having misled voters, campaign donors and others.
"This is another attempt by the liberal media to make something out of nothing," a spokesperson for the congressman told Just the News on Friday. "It's a simple case of condensing a resume for the sake of brevity on the campaign trail, and partisan hacks are trying to turn it into a headline for clicks.
"Congressman Ogles is proud of the time he spent developing his experience in economic and tax policies with well-known economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Americans for Prosperity. He was honored to serve as a reserve deputy for the Williamson County Sheriff's Department and as the Chief Operating Officer for Abolition International, which provided resources and operational support to anti-human trafficking efforts worldwide."
Another issue raised in the report is the congressman's undergraduate degree. Ogles’ congressional bio states he obtained a degree from Middle Tennessee State University "where he studied policy and economics."
The investigative report found an Ogles' website from 2002 in which he said he had "studied foreign policy and the constitution" at Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee State. But there was "no mention of economics," the report states.
The report also states Ogles appears to have overstated his work in law enforcement trying to thwart "human trafficking."