A Republican candidate for office in Florida is admitting she lied about her educational background and faked her diploma, but refuses to exit the campaign.
State House candidate Melissa Howard came under fire last week after she was accused of lying about earning a bachelor’s degree and posing for a photo with a suspected fake university diploma.
On Monday, Howard released a statement admitting the diploma was not legit.
“I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation. 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.”