Florida Election Follies: One Candidate Lied, One Charged With Assault, and Another Told to Tone it Down by the NRA

As the November election approaches, things just get curiouser and curiouser here in the Sunshine State. Melissa Howard, a Republican running for the Florida State House of Representatives has been caught lying about her supposed degree from Miami University of Ohio and about receiving an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association.

This all started when Howard posted a posted a photo of what she said was a copy of her college transcript to Facebook.

She also sent photos of what she said was her diploma to media outlets, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Robin Parker, General Counsel for Miami University, told the Herald-Tribune that Howard never graduated from the college and questioned the diploma’s authenticity. Furthermore, Parker stated that the diploma Howard produced doesn’t match those issued in 1994 or 1996, the years she claimed she graduated, or any year for that matter.

This then lead the Herald-Tribune to dig deeper into her claimed endorsements, such as one from the NRA. Howard apparently lied about her NRA rating.

Howard said on Facebook she received an A grade from the NRA but the organization’s Florida lobbyist, Marion Hammer, said that’s not true.

“She has a B,” Hammer said in an interview. “She has never been given an A.”

Howard is facing fellow GOP Candidate Tommy Gregory in the August 28 primary. Gregory, a USAF Veteran stated “voters deserve nothing less than truth and integrity from their elected officials. Unfortunately, it seems that Melissa Howard has failed that test.”

The there’s Jeff Greene, currently running in third place for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination. He’s been accused by a West Palm Beach cocktail waitress of assault. According to a police report obtained by WFOR-TV, Greene “smacked her on the arm” to get her attention in 2012.

The National Organization for Women’s Florida Chapter has called on Greene to drop out of the race, citing the recent #MeToo movement. The Tampa Bay Times reported;

“This type of assault is rooted in power imbalance, and so it’s unfortunately not surprising that a billionaire like Jeff Greene victimized a female employee,” Florida NOW President Terry Sanders said in a statement. “It was incredibly brave of her to report the assault, and we stand with her.”

Maybe the behavior of politicians like Greene is one of the reasons Florida leads the nation in the number of citizens with concealed carry permits.

In the race for Agriculture Commissioner, Matt Caldwell, who has the NRA’s endorsement, has been asked by NRA to correct a claim he made about his opponent, Denise Grimsley.

According to the CBS News;

Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s longtime Florida lobbyist, requested that the endorsed candidate, Matt Caldwell, apologize for the ad against Republican primary opponent Denise Grimsley.

Despite Hammer’s request, Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, issued a statement that adopted a less-conciliatory tone and continued to pound Grimsley’s gun-rights voting record.

Caldwell’s campaign recently sent out a print ad that assigned to Grimsley a “D” grade for 2016 that appeared to be from the NRA. But the gun-rights group, which grades candidates on how they vote on Second Amendment issues, actually gave Grimsley, a state senator from Sebring, a grade of “B” that year, according to Hammer.

Both Grimsley and Caldwell voted no on SB 7026, the post-Parkland gun control bill signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. The Florida Agriculture Commissioner race is actually important for gun rights in Florida because that’s the department that issues and maintains the concealed carry permit system.

UPDATE: Melissa Howard has dropped out of the race.


  1. avatar Just Sayin says:

    Politics is politics.
    Matt is still a stand up guy.
    He has my vote.

    1. avatar Jean-Claude says:

      Caldwell has been revealed to be a “Never Trump” guy. Both DeSantis and Putnam made it clear they support the President.

      I wonder how that plays for Caldwell? I’m voting for Baxter Troutman—-just because he has an excellent Southern name….

      1. avatar barnbwt says:

        Trumps before guns. Shock.

      2. avatar Lemon says:

        I can be the biggest RINO and tell you I support Trump…check their track records instead.

    2. avatar Native GunShiner says:

      Check out that pro gun red state democratic governor from Montana who’s sniffing around the presidential waters. Tide turning?

      1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

        Steve Bullock (Democrat) – governor of Montana is NOT pro gun. He vetoed firearm legislation, which was overwhelmingly supported by the Legislature, on the last day of the session so that his veto could not be overturned. He is a rat ba$tard who hits the Montana term-limit restriction in 2020…he wants another “feeding at the trough” government job…that’s why he is casting about two years ahead of his ouster. He is loyal ONLY to the DNC and its Party Planks…not the People of Montana.

        1. avatar Native Gunshiner says:

          What legislation exactly? I’ve heard otherwise. And didn’t some Montana legislator endorse drunk driving as a way of life in their state? For all I know the gov vetoed arming horses.

        2. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

          Heard otherwise…really! Might want to change the batteries in your hearing aid.

          The big one he vetoed would have allowed CWP’s to carry in a restaurant which serves alcohol. The legislation was modeled after that of Washington State wherein CWP’s can carry in restaurants serving alcohol…but, not in bars. Under current Montana law we cannot carry in in a restaurant if ANY alcohol is served.

          There were several other lesser (in my opinion) pieces of legislation that he vetoed which also concerned firearms…just another Democrat choosing which Amendments he will pay lip service to and which ones he will willfully try to limit or ignore.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Oh, poo. Half the people in every bar are armed, including the employees. Concealed is concealed.

      2. avatar FedUp says:

        Check out today’s Daily Digest if you think that POS in Montana is pro-gun

        Montana governor supports assault weapon ban

        He thinks universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban represent Montana values . . .

        Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Sunday said he would support a ban on semiautomatic weapons — the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken on gun control as he weighs a possible run for the 2020 presidential election.

  2. avatar surlycmd says:

    I remember when politicians were better at hiding their lies and little faux pas.

    1. avatar Nanashi says:

      The internet is incredible.

  3. avatar Just Sayin says:

    ALL the democraps running for governor are anti 2A, chomping at the bit, can’t wait till they get a little power, gonna screw the state and federal constitution, major asshats.
    Be wary Florida. Be very wary.

    Just my 2¢…

  4. avatar Nanashi says:

    Meanwhile in FL-6 the only pool I’ve found shows the guy who actually gives a damn about gun rights (Mike Waltz) is leading the second place candidate 2-1 in a three+ way race between him and a pair of moderate gun grabbers that I’ve personally verified retreat immediately when asked about repealing existing restrictions.

    The Agriculture Commissioner story would seem straightforward, but the NRA’s position comes from Marrion Hammer, an avowed gun grabber with a history of libel against anyone who threatens her money. Therefore it’s suspect.

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Mr Nattering Nabob/one note Nancy – IF you live to age 120 you won’t do for the 2nd 10% of what Marion Hammer has accomplished.

  5. avatar New Continental Army says:

    “Howard is facing fellow GOP Candidate Tommy Gregory in the August 28 primary.”

    I heard on the local news here that Howard dropped out.

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      I bet she’s faking.

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You are correct, text above has been annotated.

  6. avatar Jay in RINO Floriduh says:

    2 dont stand a chance in their given races, Dimwits running for Gubbinner.
    As for the Agricultural Commish. Who cares who got what grade in actuality?? Caldwell would have to be accused of a felony before anything might cause him to apologize. Grimsley is just another Florida RINO.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      At least Grimsley appears to be less of a RINO than Scott. (is that called ‘damning with faint praise’?)

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        *VERY* faint.

  7. avatar stateisevil says:

    Hammer’s grades are BS many times. Lost track of good grades for being anti gun and bad grades for being a 2nd amendment purist. She does this for political purposes.

    1. avatar barnbwt says:

      “You better stop lying about those phony-baloney grades we give out”

      I’d want to see the exact ad to see exactly how misleading the grade he gave out was. Frankly, if the NRA isn’t going to nut-up and give bad grades when people flinch on 2A by words or by actions (and they too often don’t, especially in places where Hammer makes the call) then they shouldn’t be surprised when others take it upon themselves to do so.

      Does Governor Scott still have that “A?”

      ETA – The *CBS* (red flag #1) article does not even show the allegedly misleading ad (red flag #2)

  8. avatar Hannibal says:

    “This type of assault is rooted in power imbalance, and so it’s unfortunately not surprising that a billionaire like Jeff Greene victimized a female employee,” Florida NOW President Terry Sanders said in a statement. “It was incredibly brave of her to report the assault, and we stand with her.”

    he… slapped a waitresses arm? If he had slapped a waiter’s arm he would have had his food spat in like any other asshole and that would be it.

    I don’t get it. What does this have to do with “meetoo” now? Is an arm a sexual object now?

    1. avatar Scoutino says:

      Just like everything is a dildo if you are brave enough, everything is a sexual assault if it serves to give some political or financial gain.

  9. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Perhaps Melissa Howard does indeed have a Bravo Sierra degree after all.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Well, Melissa Howard didn’t actually lie. On the last line of her profile, it says:

    “Education: B.S.”

    Which is quite correct.

  11. avatar Robert Powell says:

    in florida the main theme is can the candidate speak english, second what is their stand on illegals,third what do they know about the constitution,is it a permanent item or just a thing that they have to work around. fourth, what is truth, something to work around or something you tell consistently…

  12. avatar NoobyNoobyDoo says:

    It’s a rare thing when I think the Dem is the one being treated unjustly.

    1. avatar ollie says:

      Probably a set-up by Graham supporters.
      Trying to get wait staff’s attention is usually darned near impossible so what’s wrong with a little smack.
      And SIX years ago ….. who would remember that kind of crap.

      1. avatar NoobyNoobyDoo says:

        It’s also an example of how extreme #metoo has gotten.

        The waitress wanted 3 weeks to file a report.

        She did not want to press charges.

        She wasn’t injured.

        There was nothing sexual in nature about the incident.

        I was just shaking my head, that this is an issue? Fake news!

  13. avatar Ing says:

    Ah, election season…when the psychopaths come out to play…

  14. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Howard’s face and tits are as real as her diploma.

  15. avatar Kens says:

    Florida, where the ages, the temperatures, and the IQs are all in the 8s

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