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Two days after a new Survey USA poll showed Darcy Burner leading Dave Reichert 50 percent to 46 percent in the 8th Congressional District, Dave Reichert has chosen to begin a dishonest campaign of personal attacks. The fact is, Darcy has been very consistent in saying that she has a degree from Harvard in computer science with a special field in economics. It is unfortunate that Dave Reichert has chosen to start these Karl Rove style accusations, especially since his own congressional biography has stated for the last 4 years that he has a BA from Concordia University, when in fact he attended for 2 years and has an AA. The fact that Congressman Reichert would falsely accuse Darcy of doing something that he himself has done is a sure sign that his campaign is getting desperate.
The story is literally made up out of whole cloth. Burner has a degree in computer science and economics from Harvard, as her website says. Having gone to Harvard, I know how this works. You get a degree under one department, take classes in another, write a thesis joining the two, and that thesis is reviewed by professors from both departments. It's actually much harder to get a joint degree, but the registrar shows a degree only from one department because Harvard doesn't have minors. In fact, economics is a fairly easy degree to get, while computer science and economics takes a lot more work.
Indeed, here are the words of the same Harvard dean quoted in the Times' story:
"I'm the professor and ex-dean who was quoted in the story, and as it happens, also the guy who wrote the CS degree requirements. At the time Darcy was at Harvard, she would have needed, as part of her CS degree requirements, several courses in a technical specialization area related to CS. She fulfilled that CS degree requirement by specializing in Economics (which meant, by the way, that she couldn't have taken just the easy, non-mathematical Ec courses). So it's not exactly a minor (which we didn't have then, though we do now), and it's also not anything that the registrar would be able to certify (because it's an internal requirement of the computer science faculty). But it's something everyone getting a degree in CS had to do (though other students would have other specialties). The way Darcy is describing herself is accurate."