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PHOENIX -- A candidate for governor of Arizona defended herself Monday against an attack ad that says she lied about her career history.
Christine Jones, a former executive at GoDaddy.com and a Republican gubernatorial candidate, was the subject of a 30-second commercial alleging she has lied about her employment with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office
The ad, paid for by the Conservative Leadership of Arizona PAC, features video of Jones testifying before Congress that she had tried drug cases in the Los Angeles area as a prosecutor. The ad goes on to say that the D.A.’s office has no record of Jones as an employee.
But in a press conference Monday, Jones showed reporters an ID badge that identifies her as a volunteer law clerk for the county D.A.’s office from 1994-1997.
According to the State Bar of California, she was never a prosecutor, but rather a certified law student, allowing her to do limited legal work, such as appearing at depositions and lower level criminal trials.
Jones said the program she was part of provided her with professional experience.
“Think about it, I’m trying misdemeanor jury trials, and I’m trying felony preliminary hearings, and I’m sitting second chair in a death penalty case,” she said.
And though she was not technically a prosecutor, Jones sees things differently.
“If you stand up and you put somebody in jail, are you a prosecutor?” she asked reporters. “Yeah, I think so.”