BISMARCK — A towering figure in the North Dakota Capitol tower is disputing the Guinness World Records' decision to name a New York City councilman as the world's tallest male politician.

Standing at 6-foot-10, Robert Cornegy Jr. was honored during a ceremony Wednesday, March 27, according to The Associated Press.

But North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said when he played basketball for the University of Northern Iowa, he stood at nearly 7 feet tall. He said he'd probably get in touch with Guinness, which keeps track of a wide range of unusual and specific records, including the world's oldest manatee and most expensive fungus.

Godfread said the Guinness organization didn't contact him before giving the designation to Cornegy. He said the New York City councilman's honor was flagged to him by friends, and he laughed off the apparent height slight in an interview with reporters.

"I didn't even know this was a thing," Godfread said.

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Godfread, a Republican, was first elected to the statewide office in 2016. After graduating from UNI in 2005, he played professional basketball in Germany.

Godfread isn't the only politician claiming the tallest politician moniker. A mayor in Ohio said Wednesday he is 7 feet tall, Cleveland.com reported.

A Guinness spokeswoman said Cornegy submitted an application with evidence that confirmed he surpassed the prior title holder's height. She said the organization would "be happy to receive an application" from Godfread.