O’Donnell Responds to Alleged Embellishment of Education Record, Calls LinkedIn Profile a Fraud

Sep 29, 2010 1:27pm

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports:   In the latest twist in the saga over Christine O’Donnell’s alleged embellishment of her educational background, O’Donnell denies that a LinkedIn profile at the center of the scrutiny is hers.  “There have been reports that I have released false information on a LinkedIn profile under my name.  This is categorically untrue,” she said in a statement through her spokeswoman Hayley McConnell. “I never established a LinkedIn profile, or authorized anyone to do so on my behalf.” The LinkedIn profile lists Fairleigh Dickenson University, Claremont Graduate University and the University of Oxford in the Education section.  But, as Christina Bellantoni and Greg Sargent have reported, O’Donnell has no record with Claremont Graduate University and her attendance at the Phoenix Institute did not earn academic credit at Oxford. “I have always been clear about my educational background.  I completed undergraduate work at Fairleigh Dickenson University.  After my undergraduate work, I completed a summer program run by the Phoenix Institute, at the Institute’s Oxford University location.  The Institute runs programs around the world at various universities, and participants study issues of human dignity.  I also completed a Lincoln Fellowship at the Claremont Institute in Claremont, CA,” she said. “We would encourage LinkedIn to remove this profile.” The O’Donnell campaign’s website — Christine2010.com – does not list LinkedIn under the “Social Networks” tab, though it does link to her Facebook and Twitter accounts. Still, Sargent notes that O’Donnell’s spokeswoman did not previously claim the LinkedIn profile was a fraud when questioned about its contents over the past several days.

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