Political consultant Maurice Bonamigo is attempting to set the record straight after an Egyptian newspaper erroneously referred to him as a U.S. senator.
The Egypt Independent ran an interview on Tuesday with Bonamigo that referred to him as a "Republican senator."
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Bonamigo, however, is not a senator, leading media observers to ask why the "Egyptian media creates a U.S. senator out of thin air."
Bonamigo, who has been critical of the Obama administration’s policy regarding Egypt, told the Washington Free Beacon that the Independent co-opted an interview he had given with other Egyptian media outlets.
"I did not do that interview," he said. "Somebody else took it and translated it. I had not control over it."
Bonamigo also took to his Facebook page to set the record straight.
"For the record, there was representation by a interviewer from the Egyptian Media, I am not a Republican U.S. senator, I am a Independent Political Consultant," he wrote.
The Weekly Standard’s Lee Smith called the error puzzling.
"To get revenge against the entire upper house of Congress by inventing a U.S. lawmaker is taking it to rather absurd lengths," he wrote.