Christine O’Donnell has been running for the US Senate in Delaware since 2006. Over the course of the 4+ years that O’Donnell has been running for office, she has done lengthy interviews with every major radio station, TV station and newspaper in the state. You would think that we would know all there is to know about O’Donnell, but apparently we don’t.
In March of this year, Delawareans, including myself, were stunned by an article that appeared in the News Journal about Christine O’Donnell. It was the first time we learned that O’Donnell was not given a degree by Fairleigh-Dickinson University because of non payment of debt:
California reported the debt as satisfied in 2003, but she was never conferred a degree by Fairleigh Dickinson because of non-payment.
Up until that point, citizens of the First State had been lulled into believing that the perky candidate who ran on good values was a college graduate. It opened many of our eyes to a fact that had been ignored, Delawareans really don’t know who Christine O’Donnell is, and the more we learn, the more we feel duped.
She attended Fairleigh-Dickinson University but was not allowed to graduate in 1993 because of unpaid tuition. (She actually went to the ceremony in cap and gown, she recalls, and “I was handed a leather portfolio, and inside, instead of a diploma, there was a bursar’s bill.”) It took her 10 years to pay it off.
When Christine O’Donnell ran for the US Senate in 2006 and 2008, this story never came out. O’Donnell never told Delawareans or the Delaware media the truth about being handed “a bursar’s bill” and not her diploma on graduation day.
But now, many years after her first run for the US Senate, we get to learn about Christine O’Donnell’s graduation day from Byron York at the Washington Examiner.
To make the point clear, here are a few quick examples of news sources and organizations that touted Christine O’Donnell’s “BA in English” and degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006 and 2008:
How do major news organizations get their biography information about candidates? They get them from the candidate’s websites, and they get them directly from the candidate. A “BA in English” from Fairleigh Dickinson University doesn’t just magically appear on a person’s resume and in their biography.
In 2005 Christine O’Donnell filed a discrimination lawsuit against ISI, a conservative publisher in Delaware and the only company in Delaware to ever employ her. In the suit Christine O’Donnell makes this claim:
Ms. O’Donnell initially expressed reservations about this position, as she had applied for admission to a Master’s Degree program at Princeton University, to start in the fall of 2003, and was concerned that the ISI position would not fit with her plans.
How do you apply for a Master’s Degree at Princeton University when you never received your undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University?
Ms. O’Donnell dropped the suit in 2008, claiming that she could no longer afford the legal bills.
If the News Journal had not taken the time to pick through Christine O’Donnell’s resume in March would she have ever come clean about her past to the people she wants to represent in the US Senate?
The answer is clearly “NO.”