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Professional Engineer Exposes Jay Ashcroft’s Lies

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Professional Engineer Exposes Jay Ashcroft’s Lies

 “Jay Ashcroft’s dishonesty not only smears the engineering profession but also endangers the public and the public trust for our occupation.” 

A scathing new op-ed from a professional engineer in the Missouri Times called out Republican candidate for governor Jay Ashcroft for lying to Missouri voters about being an engineer, a central claim of Ashcroft’s campaign he repeats any chance he gets.According to the op-ed Ashcroft is only certified as an “Engineering Intern,” which, according to Missouri law, “does not qualify him as an Engineer.”

The op-ed also noted, “if someone falsely claims to be an Engineer, as Jay Ashcroft has repeatedly done, it is a direct violation of our Constitution. Jay Ashcroft swore an oath to uphold the Missouri Constitution, and he violates that oath every time he falsely claims to be an Engineer.”

The op-ed also highlighted why Ashcroft’s lies and lack of qualifications are so concerning, saying, “he is not a Professional Engineer and could not sign off on any official blueprints. I would not trust, and no Missourian should trust, any infrastructure project he may have touched. I would also not want to drive a road, cross a bridge, or enter a building that Jay Ashcroft, or anyone else falsely claiming to be an Engineer, had anything to do with.”

Read more below on Jay Ashcroft’s lies about being an engineer from a professional engineer:

  • “When any individual, much less a politician, falsely claims to be an Engineer, they erode public trust and jeopardize the safety of the critical infrastructure that Engineers who have actually earned the title, design and build.”
  • “Jay Ashcroft’s real background reveals the truth: he holds a degree in Engineering Management and is only certified as an “Engineering Intern.” By Missouri law, this does not qualify him as an Engineer. Jay Ashcroft’s claims are not just a matter of political rhetoric; they have real legal consequences.”
  • “But what Jay Ashcroft has done is much worse. His claim, plastered on the front page of his website, ‘I’m an engineer,’ is a blatant lie. And he doesn’t stop with only lying about his biography and background. Jay Ashcroft has based his entire campaign on this lie.”
  • “Jay Ashcroft’s campaign theme ‘Engineering A Stronger Missouri,’ and his slogan ‘Politicians Fix Blame, Engineers Fix Problems,’ are as empty as they are untruthful.”
  • “Jay Ashcroft has used Engineering terminology and imagery everywhere, including his -so-called ‘Red Print’ vision, and even t-shirts and mugs, which are all attempts to deceive voters into believing he has qualifications he does not possess.”
  • “Professional Engineers do not take kindly to individuals hijacking our hard-earned title for political gain. Jay Ashcroft’s dishonesty not only smears the engineering profession but also endangers the public and the public trust for our occupation.”

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