Posted by | June 19, 2010 21:06 | Filed under: Top Stories

Congressman Mark Kirk of Illinois, the Republican running for Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, who bragged about winning a military award he never won, has also misstated his role as a nursery school teacher.

The Kirk campaign has scrambled this week to try to confirm details of his time as a nursery school teacher, which he raised as recently as March in a speech to the Illinois Education Association. “As a former nursery school and middle school teacher,” he said then, “I know some of what it takes to bring order to class.”

Sally Grubb, an administrator where Kirk allegedly worked at the time, the Forest Home Chapel in Ithaca, New York, says “He was never, ever considered a teacher.  He was just an additional pair of hands to help a primary teaching person.”

In an interview Friday, Ms. Grubb said that she had told a representative of the Kirk campaign of her concerns when the campaign contacted her on Thursday to try to verify Mr. Kirk’s time at the nursery. She said she had spoken to the teacher who led what was then a play group that met in the church basement. The teacher had a “vague recollection” of having him as a work-study student, Ms. Grubb said, but she did not remember his name. She added that Mr. Kirk did not have major responsibilities at the play group, like creating lesson plans, and he was assistant who played with the children.

Kirk is running against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

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