Update: The Weekly Standard picked up the story about Christine O’Donnell’s lawsuit against ISI and that while working at ISI, she claimed to be pursuing a master’s degree at Princeton University.
Citing “Mental Anguish,” Christine O’Donnell Sought $6.9 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Conservative Group
…and falsely implied she was taking master’s degree classes at Princeton.
By John McCormack at the Weekly Standard
During her 2006 and 2008 Senate campaigns, Christine O’Donnell ran as having a “BA in English” from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Curiously, the July 2005 complaint alleges that “ISI violated its promise to allow Miss O’Donnell time to take master’s degree classes at Princeton,” thus causing a loss of “earning power.”
“Moreover, Miss O’Donnell has lost the increased earning power that a Master’s degree from Princeton would have created. In the future with proper finances, Miss O’Donnell should probably be able to return and complete that program, however that increased earning power has been disrupted and delayed for at least three years, given college application cycles, and the damage to her reputation, creating a loss of increased earning power estimated at up to $50,000 per year, for three lost years at $150,000.”
According to the amended complaint, O’Donnell had considered not taking the ISI job because “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.”
But, in fact, O’Donnell had not yet received her bachelor’s degree at that time and had not been accepted to a master’s program at Princeton.
The Delaware News Journal reported on Saturday: “[O’Donnell’s] alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University, sued her in 1994 for about $4,000 in unpaid tuition. She satisfied the debt in 2003 and received her diploma this month after completing an additional course.” O’Donnell’s campaign manager Matt Moran acknowledged in an email received at midnight Saturday that O’Donnell “was not admitted to a Masters Degree [sic] program at Princeton. She took an undergraduate non-matriculated class at PU on constitutional government.” Moran has not yet replied to a subsequent email asking why O’Donnell claimed “ISI violated its promise to allow Miss ODonnell [sic] time to take Master’s degree classes at Princeton in return for a salary as small as $65,000 for her credentials and expertise, and as a result of ISI’s breach of its agreement, Miss O’Donnell was forced to quit her courses at Princeton, losing her time and money invested in this course of study at Princeton. [emphasis added].”
Why does O’Donnell’s campaign manager, Matt Moran, have to keep clearing up all the lies told by Christine O’Donnell?
O’Donnell said the dispute was over student loans.
California reported the debt as satisfied in 2003, but she was never conferred a degree by Fairleigh Dickinson because of non-payment.
“They were withholding the diploma until I paid the bill,” O’Donnell said. “I finished the coursework.“
(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.”)
On September 2, 2010 Christine O’Donnell was interviewed live on the air with Conservative local talk show host Dan Gaffney and she told the same story that she told Byron York about being handed a bursar’s bill.
On September 3, 2010, Politico broke the story that Christine O’Donnell had just received her degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The reason her diploma was delayed? She didn’t finish the coursework:
She fulfilled the last course requirement this summer. It was just a general elective course,” said O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran.
Christine O’Donnell received her degree after finishing her coursework on September 1, 2010, the very next morning she was still telling the voters of Delaware the sad story about being handed a bill instead of a diploma.
As The Delaware Republican Record has stated several times, the issue is not the debts, it’s about the lies.