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Hollingsworth admits he lied on resume at previous job

Adam HollingsworthAdam Hollingsworth, the chief of staff and closest advisor to Gov. Rick Scott, admitted Friday that he lied about earning a college degree on his resume with a former employer.

Hollingsworth, who worked for CSX Corporation from 1995-2000 and again from 2002-2004, told the Herald/Times that he regrets inflating his resume with the transportation company by claiming he had received a bachelor’s degree in 1990, but he denied it contributed to his departure from the company a decade ago.

“For many years, I publicly stated that I was a graduate of the University of Alabama, however, I did not complete my degree until 2009,’’ Hollingsworth said in a written statement given to the Herald/Times. “I am not proud of this and I deeply apologize for this misrepresentation. I have learned from this failure in judgment and know that, over the last several years, my life and character have and will continue to grow from this.”

Hollingsworth, who is expected to have a pivotal role in the governor’s re-election campaign, told Scott about the issue on Friday after being asked about it by the Herald/Times. The governor said he was confident his chief of staff had taken the proper corrective action. More here.