GOP candidate says son suffering political payback

A Republican congressional candidate who claims his three doctoral-student children at Oregon State University are suffering political payback, says one son was barred this week from access to a four-year-old Ph.D. project that has earned praise from prominent scientists and an award.

The Corvallis-based university, which previously issued two statements denying Art Robinson’s initial charges last week, also contends the latest claim is false.

Robinson, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio for Oregon’s 4th District seat last fall, has alleged that Oregon State administration and faculty members in the nuclear physics program began threatening to terminate Joshua Robinson just two days after the Nov. 2 election. Art Robinson, backed by the tea party movement, drew widespread grass-roots support before losing to DeFazio 54.5 percent to 43.6 percent. DeFazio won his previous election with 82 percent of the vote.

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