COLLEGE STATION - A political appointee who resigned Tuesday from NASA's public relations department told a Texas radio station Thursday that politics was behind an accusation that he restricted access to a noted climate scientist.

George Deutsch, 24, told WTAW that a New York Times story was "hearsay coming from a handful of people who have clear partisan ties, and they are really coming after me as a Bush appointee."

Questions also arose over whether Deutsch graduated from Texas A&M University, as his resume reportedly claimed.

Deutsch told the station he did not graduate from A&M. "If my resume is misleading, I take responsibility for that," he said.

A&M University spokesman Lane Stephens said Deutsch attended the school from 1999 until spring 2004.

NASA spokesman Dean Acosta said he could only confirm that Deutsch had resigned.


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