There is no doubt that Dave Spence, who is a Republican candidate for governor in Missouri, has an economics degree, but he neglected to mention it covered the most micro of economies: the home.
The multimillionaire businessman-turned-aspiring-politician left off the “home” part of his degree and touted himself as an economics graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He even purportedly attended the school’s business college, which does not include home economics majors, according to the Associated Press.
“Staff put this together, so it was a staff mistake,” Jared Craighead, Spence’s campaign manager, told ABC News. “It was never an attempt to be less than completely transparent.”
It now reads: “After high school, Dave attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he majored in family economics and management (also known as consumer economics) and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics.”
“I was not the greatest student in the world,” Spence told the newspaper. “I’ll make fun of myself: I was a 60-watt bulb in a 100-watt society.”
But it seems Spence didn’t need that business economics degree after all. Four years after graduating, Spence purchased Alpha Packaging, then a small plastics company with $350,000 in annual sales. Twenty-five years later, Spence sold the company for a reported $260 million.