Why does this story sound so familiar?
Courtesy of ABC 10:
A Republican candidate for the Florida House lied about having a college degree and posed with a fake diploma after a news outlet questioned her credentials.
Melissa Howard, who is running in Florida’s 73rd House District near Sarasota, had claimed she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio.
However, FLA News Online, a political news website, citing the National Student Clearinghouse, reported Howard did not graduate from the Ohio college. Howard said the story was false and posted a picture of her and her mother on Facebook with a framed diploma.
The news site apologized to Howard and briefly retracted the story. However, a closer look at the diploma found several inconsistencies.
According to the photographed diploma, Howard graduated with a degree that doesn’t exist at Miami University in Ohio. The school offers a bachelor of science degree in business, not a bachelor of science degree in marketing. The photographed diploma also includes a signature of Robert Johnson, the then-dean of the graduate school, not of the school of business.
Miami University General Counsel Robin Parker later confirmed to FLA News that Howard attended the university, but did not graduate from the school.
In light of this irrefutable evidence, Howard issued an apology.
Courtesy of the Herald Tribune:
State House candidate Melissa Howard admitted Monday that she lied about having a degree from Miami University, apologized and declared she intends to stay in a race that has drawn national attention after it came out she was displaying a fake diploma and had gone to great lengths to deceive people about her college credentials.
“I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation,” Howard said in a statement. “It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on.”
Howard did not address the question about how she obtained a diploma stating she has a degree in marketing from Miami University, a degree the school doesn’t even offer. Howard’s admission means there is now no question the diploma is a fake, but it’s unclear who forged the document.
Yeah, why should she quit the race?
After all, if Donald Trump has taught us anything it is that Republicans view habitual lying as a feature, not a bug.
Update: Well what do you know?