"I'm proud of the work I have done and any accusation that my resume has been padded is absolutely false. I stand by my record," said Clay Pell, (D) Candidate for RI Governor.
A defiant Clay Pell tells reporters, there is no misleading information on his resume.
Pell's critics - who did not want to be identified - told ABC6 that Pell claimed to be a senior advisor at the White House.
"I did not characterize my role in that way. I am proud of my service in the military. I am proud of my service in the White House. I served as Director of Strategic Planning for President Obama," said Pell.
But in that role, Pell reported directly to Rhode Island native and National Security advisor Tom Donilon.
That would make Pell an advisor - to a senior presidential advisor.
"I characterized that as being a senior official. I believe that is accurate. And absolutely consistent with the work that I did," said Pell.
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Clay Pell blames the questions about his resumes, as nothing more that Rhode Island politics as usual."
"And I believe these types of accusations, are politics at its worst," said Pell.
Some confusion may come because Pell has three different biographies online.
His White House bio said he is fluent in the Chinese, Spanish and Arabic languages, while his campaign website and the one for the Department of Education, state he merely studied those languages.
"I used these languages Chinese and Spanish, in order to represent the Coast Guard with foreign military personal," said Pell.