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Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for a Failed Lawyer? Who Vets These Guys?

by Last Night in Little Rock

It is reported on at least three websites, Time magazine, New Republic, and The News Blog that Federal Emergency Mismanagement Agency Director Micheal Brown padded his resume.

All went to Brown's FEMA bio and "deconstructed" it, finding that every important part was overstated. Even his Findlaw summary about his teaching experience and being "Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University" is an overstatement. From Time:

Under the "honors and awards" section of his profile at FindLaw.com — which is information on the legal website provided by lawyers or their offices—he lists "Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University". However, Brown "wasn't a professor here, he was only a student here," says Charles Johnson, News Bureau Director in the University Relations office at the University of Central Oklahoma (formerly named Central State University). "He may have been an adjunct instructor," says Johnson, but that title is very different from that of "professor." Carl Reherman, a former political science professor at the University through the '70s and '80s, says that Brown "was not on the faculty." As for the honor of "Outstanding Political Science Professor," Johnson says, "I spoke with the department chair yesterday and he's not aware of it." Johnson could not confirm that Brown made the Dean's list or was an "Outstanding Political Science Senior," as is stated on his online profile.

My question is this: Does his padded resume violate Rule 8.4c if the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct? ("engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation"). Former Attorney General Richard Kleindeinst's false statements at his confirmation hearing got him disciplined as a lawyer. D.C. Bar v. Kleindeinst, 345 A.2d 146 (D.C. App. 1975). And President Clinton had his law license suspended for five years for a false statement in his personal capacity.

Apparently nobody in the Administration vets the appointments. After all, no Republican appointee would lie, right? What the bloggers need to do is hit all the resumes posted online and check them out today, before they can clean them up.

"Brownie, your doin' one hell of a job."

And so it goes.

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    Who vetted Browns resume I want to know who has vetted Bush's resume This is an entire administration of inflated resumes where cronyism is more important than competence Do you feel safer now? And for the Americans that voted for Bush Do you finally get it NOW?

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#2)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:31 PM EST
    This could be a simple clerical error; the website for my group had a handful of students listed as PhDs for a few months.

    There is no clerical error - it's a padded bio plain and simple he claimed he was an assistant city manager and he was an intern -what kind of an error is that

    Uh, who vetted this guy, you ask? How about Congress? I understant that they spent all of 42 minutes questioning him for his confirmation. Doesn't Congress, i.e., the Democrats in the Senate, have research staff to check out these people? Seems like the spineless Opposition mostly rubberstamps and prostrates, so I guess a lot of the "blame" goes to those traitors.

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:31 PM EST
    i think i'm confused. claiming that you were the most knowledgable widget salesman for xyz corp is, in my opinion, padding. claiming you invented the widget, and held the patent on it, when you didn't and don't, is lying. one is puffery, the other fraud, two distinctly different events. claiming to be a college prof, when you weren't, isn't puffery, it's fraud. so, where exactly is the "padding"? on cnn this morning, there was a debate as to whether or not the president should he held accountable for his own appointments. that they even felt it necessary to discuss this shows what depths the MSM has sunk to.

    Seems like the spineless Opposition mostly rubberstamps and prostrates, so I guess a lot of the "blame" goes to those traitors.
    Bingo. Joe Leiberman bent over backwards to congratulate this guy during the confirmation hearings. Fire the DLC! They are accomplices to murderous ineptitude. BTW...padding (lying on a) resume is a fire-able offense. (as if any other reason was needed to sh1tcan this buffoon).

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:31 PM EST
    One thing I hope that we learn from this tragedy is that FEMA is not the place to appoint your unqualified pals. Ambassador to Fiji I can live with, but I hope FEMA will be reserved for disaster management specialists in the future. No self-respecting American should vote for any incumbent who rubberstamped Brown's appointment.

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#8)
    by Al on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:31 PM EST
    This could be a simple clerical error; the website for my group had a handful of students listed as PhDs for a few months.Pigwiggle
    One of the things I like best about this sort of posting where some government sleazeball gets exposed is that it draws these "commenters" out of the woodwork, frantic to cover up the mess.

    Doesn't Congress, i.e., the Democrats in the Senate, have research staff to check out these people?
    I'm really getting tired of seeing the Animal House defense played on this one. You know, as in, "You f***ed up, Flounder. You trusted us." The 2002 confirmation hearing was for the post of deputy director of FEMA. At the time, Brown was already acting deputy director and had been the general counsel for the agency. He was approved for a second-banana job in an agency that wasn't yet part of the Department of Homeland Security because that agency didn't exist yet. Let's recall the GOP position during the fight over lifetime appointments to the federal bench. Any reluctance to clear even the most unqualified candidates was called "obstructionist" and worse. How much louder would the wailing be if the Democrats tried to put a stop to every unqualified Bush appointee?

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#10)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:32 PM EST
    ďome government sleazeball gets exposed is that it draws these "commenters" out of the woodwork, frantic to cover up the mess.Ē
    Iíve made it quite clear that I think this man is an incompetent buffoon, and still Iím willing to give it a few days and the benefit of doubt. But itís nice to see everybodyís right on script.

    I just heard there's a report Brown will be out soon. Supposedly, this has been leaked to at least one major new organization. Would be nice . . .

    This could be a simple clerical error
    Your post to this site was a "simple clerical error." Brown's experience as head of the Arabian Horse Association, from which he was asked to resign, involved one year of investigating whether a breeder had liposuctioned a horse's posterior. That's what he's qualified to do.

    Re: Brown Padded His Resume? Ethics Violation for (none / 0) (#13)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:32 PM EST
    Your post to this site was a "simple clerical error."
    Huh ... clever.

    clever
    I gave you the benefit of the doubt! Now I'm begining to see a pattern... It looks like Brown (a new color for the DHS threat level index to indicate the incompetence of FEMA and DHS employees) is getting his Pink slip.