MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) -— A candidate for the Florida Legislature is apologizing for saying she had a college degree that she didn’t complete, but says she will still stay in the race.READ MORE: South Florida Attorney David Weinstein Shares Reaction To Verdict In Derek Chauvin Murder Trial
State House candidate Melissa Howard last week posted a photo of herself with a Miami University diploma after being accused of lying about her degree, but on Monday she said she made a mistake.
It’s also a mistake that might be a crime — it’s a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida to forge a diploma.READ MORE: Jaime's Law, Named After Parkland Shooting Victim, Reintroduced In Congress To Require Ammunition Background Checks
The Republican didn’t answer calls, but she posted her apology on Facebook, saying “I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong.”
She’s running for a seat representing parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
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