Exaggeration of academic record an 'inadvertent error,' Patrick Murphy campaign says
For the past 14 months on Patrick Murphy’s official congressional website and his campaign website for U.S. Senate, Murphy claimed he earned “degrees in accounting and finance” from the University of Miami.
But that was an exaggeration of his academic credentials.
Murphy — a two-term Democratic congressman from Jupiter — earned a single degree from the university in 2006: a bachelor’s in business administration, with his major areas of study being accounting and finance.
That’s not the same as the “dual degrees” Murphy claimed to have earned in the biography on his U.S. House website or the “degrees” he mentioned in his campaign biography.
Murphy’s campaign spokeswoman, Galia Slayen, said the embellishments were unintentional.
Internet archive records show how Murphy’s descriptions of his education evolved in recent years.
Murphy first falsely claimed “earning dual bachelor’s degrees” during his first U.S. House race in 2012. After he took office, Murphy’s House and re-election campaign biographies were correct and had accurate descriptions of his single bachelor’s degree.
But the embellishment resurfaced — on both biographies — when he announced his bid for U.S. Senate in March 2015.