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October 23, 2014

Former Lawmaker, Or Current? You Decide

We get that hanging it up after eight terms in the House must be tough. But ex-Rep. Leonard L. Boswell can’t seem to quit stretching the truth (facts be damned!) years after decamping from Capitol Hill.

Former Lawmaker, Or Current? You Decide

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

Not only is he misrepresenting himself as a still-sitting politico (strike one!), the Iowa Democrat is way off in terms of his now-nonexistent regional authority; your trusty HOH reporter resides in the land of milk and honey known as “NoVa” (strike two!).

Then again, parting is such sweet sorrow, and some have trouble letting go.

And he was forcefully retired by colleague Tom Latham, R-Iowa, during the previous cycle.

So maybe we’ll let these glaring inaccuracies slide. (Just this once, though).

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  • http://gspm.gwu.edu/honorable-bob-carr mrobertcarr

    Your item is a little too cute. I just checked the @LeonardBoswell site and discovered that while you are minimally correct, it is also important to note that the last Tweet was in February 2013. I don’t know and have never met Mr. Boswell. But it appears that the Twitter site is not currently used as your article implies. It’s erroneous identification seems more of neglect than the intentional misleading your article insinuates. Journalism ethics meet political ethics. And, yes, I teach congressional ethics at GWU.

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