What Kind of Economics?

Republican Dave Spence, the St. Louis businessman now running for governor of Missouri, appeared to have a rather conventional resume.

Flyers produced by his campaign mentioned that “after high school, Dave attended University of Missouri-Columbia School of Business and earned a degree in Economics.”

This was not true. In fact, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, Spence was enrolled in a different school at Mizzou and in 1980 earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics.

Spence, who has since proven his business acumen running several packaging corporations, admits that as a youngster he wasn’t much of a scholar. “I was not the greatest student in the world,” Spence said. “I’ll make fun of myself: I was a 60-watt bulb in a 100-watt society.”

Yea, but I bet he can iron tablecloths like a dream.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer