Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, the lead challenger against Republican Sen. Dean Heller for his seat in the November election, has reportedly not been entirely truthful with the facts surrounding her credentials.
Rosen claims she ran a small consulting business in Nevada, where she says she consulted with Southwest Gas, her former employer, and Radiology Specialists, where he husband was previously a partner.
In an interview with a radio station in November, Rosen said, “[I] raised my family, I built a business – a woman in technology.”
However, a public records request was filed with the Nevada secretary of state in April in hopes of finding evidence of any “Sole Proprietor Exemption” or “Sole Proprietor Registration” listed under Rosen or her maiden name during the time period of 1995 and 2005.
A Nevada secretary of state public information officer responded shortly after saying that there was no record of that information existing, even though those registrations are required for Nevada business owners.
The Reno Gazette Journal noticed this discrepancy and asked Rosen’s campaign for comment on the issue. A representative said that Rosen “did not keep these kinds of forms from roughly two decades ago.”
“Jacky built a career as a computer programmer and software developer for major companies in Southern Nevada, and she used those tech skills to keep working as an independent consultant,” Stewart Boss, campaign spokesman, said.
“Like many moms, she wanted to continue her career in business while also having more flexible hours so she could also focus on raising her daughter,” Boss continued.
Rosen is considered former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s handpicked successor, but as a Chicago native, she is not well known in the state of Nevada.
More discrepancies linked to her past have surfaced, making it seem as if Rosen is comfortable stretching the truth a little too far.
Rosen claimed she had multiple degrees from the University of Minnesota, one being in computer science.
“When I was in college in Minnesota, I actually got a degree in psychology and computers. I’m a computer programmer and systems analyst by trade,” Rosen said.
The Atlantic ran an article in Jan. 2017 citing these claims, but eventually had to retract that statement when there was no evidence of Rosen’s degree actually existing at that university.
Poll numbers show that Rosen is considered the narrow favorite in her Senate bid against Heller.