Republican candidate for the Florida House lies about college degree, gets called out, lies again, then admits she lied.

By |2018-08-15T06:19:51-08:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |23 Comments

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?

She dropped out of the race.

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  1. Anon August 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm

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  2. Nikogrego August 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    “It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree.”

    Yeah, okay, it was not her intent to deceive or mislead? What else could she have been doing? What other intention could be attributed to this act? This is the very definition of deception.

    “What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service (but not for regular people, I suppose). I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on.” What, lead by bad example? She is, like most of her Republican colleagues, without morals, shame, or guilt. When she was called out for saying she had graduated, when she had not graduated, she should have stopped right there and apologized. Instead, she doubled down on lying, just like DJT, the Liar-in-Chief. Perhaps they all believe that emulating their leader will help them achieve fame, fortune, and political power.

  3. Anonymous August 14, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Almost 100% of companies would fire her on the spot for falsifying a degree she did not have.on her job application. Who does she think she is? Sarah?

    Too bad U of Idaho did not have the courage to call out Sarah’s fake degree claim. It was a choice of donations versus honesty …. honesty lost.

    • anon August 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      I know. Why did sarah not get called out on it?? Oh, right: John McCain, Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt.

  4. anonymous August 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm


    “The Democratic Party is not perfect- no organization run by humans is. Power often attracts less than savory people. But it does our country a great disservice when the media treats both parties as if they are the same, and repeats the false narrative that Democrats don’t have an economic platform, just like they said Hillary Clinton didn’t address “economic anxieties” — when, in fact, she had an entire platform addressing economic anxieties.

    The Democrats have a platform and it is designed to actually help people and make our government more transparent. Will they be able to pull that off? Not without your voices and your votes. It is, as former President Obama often said, the job of the people to push their elected officials to do their will. But that only works when dark money isn’t running the swamp show.”

  5. Anon August 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Her mom is so proud of her daughter’s fake degree.

    I bet she knew it was a phony one.

    GOP. Lie, cheat, steal

  6. Whatevs August 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    ““It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone…” Oh, honey, posing with a faked up diploma kinda put the kibosh on that excuse. Yet, she still used it. With stupidity as grand as Howard’s I’d doubt she ever set foot in ANY university.

  7. Whatevs August 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    @ 1:56. I wish Melissa Howard a surgeon who did exactly what she did.

  8. anonymous August 14, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    ‘“I have come to the realization that the right thing to do for my community is to withdraw from the race. I will do so today,”’

  9. viv August 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    The moral of the story is if you’re lucky enough to get into university then put your head down and do the work and graduate. A recruiter from one of them once told me that a lot of very big employers don’t care what your major is, what they see in your degree is that you’ve committed yourself and guided an ambitious long-term project to a successful conclusion, thereby showing the very qualities they’re looking for.

  10. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Aaaaaand she’s out. I hate to be stereotypical regarding her blondeness but she had to be pretty dumb to think she could stay in the race and still win. She admits she made an error in judgment ( ya think?) and says quitting is the right thing to do. The chair if the county GOP hopes she gets the help she needs so you know there was spne strongarming going on behind the scenes. Don’t want to split the votes unless it’s the Democrats. In Virginia GOP Taylor had his staff help gather signatures for Independent Shaun Brown in an effort to split the Democratic vote. At least 17 signatures are fraudulent. One from a man who died in April.

    Gee, where is Kris Kobach when you need him? Oh, that’s right. It isn’t fraud when the GOP does it.

    A special prosecutor has already been assigned.

  11. anon August 15, 2018 at 7:35 am

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  12. Jono August 15, 2018 at 9:04 am


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  14. anonymous August 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

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  15. ANON August 15, 2018 at 11:49 am

    G>”Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers won the Democratic primary on Tuesday to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker, setting up an education-focused fall gubernatorial race.”

  16. Anon August 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    “Seeking a seat that has been held by a soon-retiring Republican for 14 years. “Hate and bigotry seem to follow Jason Lewis wherever he goes”
    “In one 2013 segment, he made a bizarre “equality” argument that seemed to compare queer and trans people to rapists and murderers.”

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  17. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Hey, in a few years a state in the mid-atlantic is going to have a governor who cheated her way through college to junior year, before she was kicked out. I was in her class.and her classmates reported her.
    She completed her degree elsewhere, eventually got a PhD. But still, she was a rotten cheat for three solid years. AND her husband stole opposing candidate’s election signs the last election.
    Stay tuned. She’s the next it girl and is the current Lt. Gov.
    I’ll name her when it is time , but you can watch it here:

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