A 3rd Congressional District candidate apparently got carried away in trying to promote himself, as politicians sometimes do.
According to Republican Tom Draschil's campaign literature and resume he was "appointed by President Reagan to develop the first private sector `workfare' program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor." Upon inquiry by the Deseret News, the Draschil campaign admitted that's not quite true.The U.S. Department of Labor asked the El Paso Private Industry Council board chairman to set up a job-training program. The chairman asked Draschil, who was the council's president, to devise the plan. Draschil said the program was later used as a model for similar programs during the Reagan administration.
Cherilyn Gulbrandsen, Draschil's communications director, said she used incorrect terminology.
"I'm taking full responsibility," she said.
In addition to the resume, the "presidential appointment" appears on a Draschil flier. Gulbrandsen said she hadn't known the language was on the flier.