According to Catanese:
Seventeen years after she attended the school and two weeks before her Republican primary against Rep. Mike Castle, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell officially earned her college degree, according to an official from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Scott Giglio, assistant director of public relations at the Madison, N.J., university, told POLITICO the Tea Party Express-backed Senate hopeful was officially awarded her bachelor of arts degree in English literature on Wednesday.
Citing privacy reasons, Giglio could not explain the reasoning behind the timing, but O’Donnell’s campaign manager said Friday the candidate met a final course requirement this summer.
“She’s gone through the process to receive her degree, that’s not the story. She fulfilled the last course requirement this summer. It was just a general elective course,” said O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran.
But that contradicts previous explanations O’Donnell has given about her education history.
Her 2006 Senate campaign website described her as a “graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.” In March of this year, she told the Delaware News Journal that FDU was withholding her diploma because she had not yet paid off her student loans. “I finished the coursework,” O’Donnell told the newspaper.
After attending the cap and gown ceremony in 1993, Moran said it took 12 years for O’Donnell to pay off the outstanding debt. He said she met with FDU President Michael Adams after her 2008 Senate campaign to make sure “she went through all the proper measures to achieve [the degree].”
But when pressed about why the university didn’t award the degree until this week, Moran said, “They don’t issue these in a heartbeat. They award them three times a year.”
Several articles that chronicle O’Donnell’s 2006 and 2008 campaigns say she was awarded a degree from FDU, however, her current campaign website only notes she attended the university.
Tom Ross, chairman of the Delaware Republican Party — which is strongly backing Castle’s bid – said the latest revelation is just more evidence of the O’Donnell campaign’s inability to tell the truth.