Lew Waters, one of the bloggers at Victoria Taft's blog has weighed in on the increasing crescendo concerning Jon Russell's integrity problems. It speaks eloquently for itself.
Jon Russell, Washougal Republican City Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem, former candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District and now candidate for Washington States 18th Legislative District seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera has been accused in both the Columbian and on Clark County Politics blog of laying claim to a degree he does not hold.
Jon Russell’s degree
Both the Columbian and Thomas Edison verify it: Russell's claim of a college degree is fake.
Russell's defense is “I’ve always said I’ve earned my degree. I’ve never said I obtained my degree.”
From a screen shot of Russell’s About Me page on his website from November 2009, I read his claim of “Jon’s experience in politics started as he was working on his degree in political science first at Vincennes University and finally at Thomas Edison College in Trenton N.J.”
His About me page, effective July 6, 2010 says, “Jon’s experience in politics started as he was working on his degree in political science first at Vincennes University and finished his degree at Thomas Edison College in Trenton N.J.”
Calls to Thomas Edison College confirm he was never awarded a degree.
Left unsaid in the Columbian post are allegations that he has claimed his wife and co-owner of Columbia Gorge Medical Center in Washougal is a "Doctor" and a "physician" when she is in fact an advanced Registered Nurse practitioner.
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