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Lt. Gov. Barnes Blames Staffer for Claim He Graduated College

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes acknowledged that he hasn't completed his college degree. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes acknowledged that he hasn't completed his college degree. |  Photo: State of Wisconsin

Updated: August 08, 2019 03:57 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is blaming a campaign staffer for telling a newspaper he had graduated from college when he really hadn't.

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A candidate questionnaire that Barnes' campaign returned to the Wisconsin State Journal last year said Barnes had a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Alabama A&M University.

But Barnes told Isthmus newspaper for a story published Thursday that he didn't graduate from college because he didn't complete a course. A&M spokesman Jerome Saintjones confirmed Barnes attended the school but didn't graduate.

Barnes spokesman Earl Arms said in an email that Barnes has always said he attended A&M rather than saying he graduated. Arms said the questionnaire response was an error by a campaign staffer, and that Barnes "regrets that oversight."

Barnes told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel twice in a November interview that he "finished" college, and the paper reported he had graduated. Arms didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on that remark.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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