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Oops. New documents show another degree controversy dogs Scott's COS, Adam Hollingsworth

Oops. Adam Hollingsworth did it again.

After twice lying years ago about getting a 1990 college degree, Gov. Rick Scott's current chief of staff didn't fully disclose the date he received his bachelor's when he filled out a 2011 application for a high-level state post.

Hollingsworth received his University of Alabama communications degree in 2009 -- not 1990 as he suggested on his May 27, 2011 application for an appointment to the board of Enterprise Florida Inc., the state's public-private economic development agency.

Hollingsworth wouldn't comment, but a spokeswoman for the governor's office said he wasn't misleading.

"The EFI application, which Adam completed after 2009 when he had his degree, did not request a graduation date so one was not provided," Melissa Sellers wrote in an email.

The Times/Herald reported that Hollingsworth twice claimed a degree from Alabama in connection with his work for the CSX Transportation Corp, which he left in 2004. 

Hollingsworth last week acknowledged a "misrepresentation" and "failure in judgment." But he denied that his departure from CSX was linked to his false claim that he had earned a degree when he hadn't.

Also, Hollingsworth didn't tell Scott about his deception until a reporter asked him Friday.

Scott, however, is standing by his chief of staff and said Tuesday that Hollingsworth will "continue to do a great job."

On Tuesday, new records released by the governor's office showed that Hollingsworth wasn't completely forthcoming when it came to the Enterprise Florida application. The application instructions had  straightforward demand for transparency: "The questionnaire MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL."

On his application for the Enterprise Florida appointment Hollingsworth wrote: "University of Alabama, 1986-1990, BA, Communications."

The official state document, submitted to the governor's office, was notarized and date-stamped. Hollingsworth signed the form, which stated he swore the information was "complete and true."

The Florida Senate, which would have confirmed his position, never delved into Hollingsworth's background, however, because he withdrew his application in the fall of 2011, so it stopped the vetting process, said Senate spokeswoman Katie Betta.
Hollingsworth was more precise on later, separate applications to Scott's office when he put in for the position of chief of staff. On that employment application dated May 21, 2012, he disclosed -- correctly -- that he received his degree in December 2009.
Sellers indicated that these subsequent acknowledgments show Hollingsworth was not trying to hide anything.
"Reading anything else into that completely ignores the two other state applications, also filled out after 2009, which include information about the 2009 degree," she said.
But all the documents asked essentially the same question: When Hollingsworth attended university.
Yet Hollingsworth gave two separate answers.
Asked why he gave different responses to the same question, Sellers said "I think it was just different forms with different questions."


-- with Steve Bousquet

Here's Hollingsworth's inaccurate 2011 disclosure with the Florida Senate:

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Here's the Senate requirement for FULL disclosure:

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Here's the accurate disclosure given the following year:

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ed jenkins

The readers of this paper are disgusted that they continue to be fed the same stories re-written by lazy reporters who do not understand the news desires of their readers. Will this once great hometown paper please get rid of these reporters and replace them with once that will report new news stories? Otherwise readers will accelerate their cancelations.

Johnny Lugnuts

Whoa! Again? This clown didn't just lie once, he lied twice? And to the Governor???
Sounds like he intentionally lied to cover up his previous lie. What a filthy scumbag. Typical Tallahassee. What a cesspool.

I give the governor 12 hours before he fires him. It will probably take that long to do the polling.

William J.

I don't care if Governor Scott does think he is doing a "great job" you can't trust a liar. Hollingsworth needs to do the right thing and leave.


Bubba in a truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhck lies again.


Who could replace Adam Hollingsworth?


Jax Native

What?!? Adam is a serial liar?

John Smith


Chapter 839
SECTION 13 -Falsifying records.

Florida Statutes - 839.13 Falsifying records.

He falsified his State of Florida application. His employment with the State of Florida should be terminated.


This guy forced out Jennifer Carroll. A awesome conservative so he could try to take over her spot. He is a bully. Napoleon syndrome little wimp lier.


What kind of dweeb would lie that they went to Alabama? Why not lie and say you went to Harvard? Answer, Hollingsworth is not smart enough for even Alabama.

ed jenkins

The readers would prefer not to see any more repeats of articles, especially those that are not of any relevance to them. Please remove this reporter from their job if no original articles can be produced.


Hey Ed r u really named Adam? Roll tide! Cough, coug.


I don't see any evidence this guy actually recieved a degree at a from'bama. Only because he says he 'completed' in '09. What's Taft mean ? Completed ITT Institute?


So, how exactly can Adam be effective when his integrity is comprimised? How can he look staff and the Governor in their eyes and say simply "I made a mistake"? He was/is living a lie. He can't be trusted. He has no honor.

Robin Slitswell

Who in their right minds would want Charlie Crist to be governor again? Adam Hollingsworth is probably a good chief of staff for the Gov but he needs to go. We can't afford to let a turncoat like Crist anywhere close to a public office ever again. Times are hard and the last thing we need to accept is any individual in government who is known to be deceitful. Like it or not, Hollingsworth lied. Crist is beyond deceitful. Good-bye to anyone in government that has been
determined to be less than honest and that goes for everyone from President to Dog Catcher. Time for Rick Scott to empty the trash.

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