U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (D-Ill.) — the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate — has admitted he falsely claimed to be “Intelligence Officer of the Year’’ for his service during the conflict with Serbia in the 1990s.
In an item posted on his blog this week, Kirk wrote that the award actually went to the intelligence unit he worked for, not to him personally.
“Upon a recent review of my records, I found that an award listed in my official biography was misidentified as ‘Intelligence Officer of the Year.’ In fact . . . I was the recipient of the Rufus Taylor Intelligence Unit of the Year award for outstanding support provided during Operation Allied Force.’’
Kirk’s statement on his Web site was in response to inquiries by the Washington Post, which broke the story today.
The Post said its report was sparked by complaints from a “representative’’ of Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulis, the democratic candidate for senate.