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.