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Ruth: Patrick Murphy pads his resume in Senate race

A Times/Herald report indicating that U.S. Rep Patrick Murphy was erroneously claiming he graduated from the University of Miami with two degrees prompted Times columnist Daniel Ruth to weigh in.

Here's Ruth's take:

At least Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Palm Tree Princeling, looks like the U.S. senator from central casting. Now he is acting like one from House of Cards.

A somewhat cynical electorate doesn't demand that an aspiring politician hurdle a high bar. Have a pulse. Be reasonably honest. Have an idea, or two, that won't lead to nuclear war. And when you put stuff on your resume, can it at least be true? How hard should this be?

But in recent days, the Jupiter Democrat who wants to succeed Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has demonstrated he can't get straight the most mundane details of his personal history. On his campaign website, Murphy claimed he attained two degrees - in accounting and finance - from the University of Miami. In fact, as Kristen Clark of the Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau reported, the candidate has a single bachelor's degree in business administration from the school.

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