Congressman Andy Ogles, graduate of revered enterprise colleges? Probably not

Congressman Andy Ogles, graduate of revered enterprise colleges? Probably not

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — New Tennessee Congressman Andy Ogles has claimed to have finished graduate work at extremely revered enterprise colleges at Vanderbilt and Dartmouth universities, however is it true?

Probably not.

This follows an unique NewsChannel 5 investigation that is making nationwide headlines, an investigation of Andy Ogles’ claims to be an economist, former regulation enforcement officer, even a world intercourse crimes skilled.

That investigation was the discuss of the city Friday in Nashville on morning discuss radio.

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“I like you folks difficult me to cowl the story. In fact, I’ll cowl the story. It is information,” morning host Dan Mandis instructed listeners.

“So principally the accusation is that Andy has been enhancing or exaggerating what he is finished.”

Andy Ogles’ congressional web site claims he graduated from Center Tennessee State College, “the place he studied coverage and economics.”

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Andy Ogles’ congressional bio

However NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained a resume exhibiting the Tennessee Republican’s diploma was not in economics, however in worldwide relations with minors in psychology and English.

“So when Andy says — and he has many instances — that he is an economist, what precisely does that imply?” Mandis requested.

The discuss radio host pointed to Ogles’ biography on the political web site, Ballotpedia.

“Now, Ballotpedia says that Andy Ogles … acquired a B.S. in Worldwide Relations from MTSU and went to Vanderbilt College’s Owen Graduate Faculty of Administration, in addition to Dartmouth School’s Tuck Faculty of Enterprise,” Mandis famous.

“So, I do not know.”

In actual fact, for a candidates’ questionnaire in his hometown newspaper when he ran for Maury County mayor in 2018, Ogles listed his employment as “economist, tax coverage skilled” and claimed graduate training from Vanderbilt’s revered Owen college.

A bio for the conservative Membership for Progress additionally says he “pursued his graduate work in Advertising and marketing at Vanderbilt’s Owen Faculty of Administration.”

However then-candidate Ogles hesitated final yr when requested about his academic credentials at a GOP candidates discussion board.

“He is additionally an Owen college of enterprise graduate, proper?” the moderator requested Ogles.

“Government training, sure, ma’am,” he quietly replied.

The reality, we found, is that Ogles acquired certificates for collaborating in non-degree courses at Vanderbilt and Dartmouth.

The forms of programs that Andy Ogles took at Vanderbilt and Dartmouth are known as govt training. They’re designed to assist folks with their careers and to generate income for the schools.

Specialists say such programs will not be the place you’ll go, for instance, to coach to be an economist.

Dartmouth tells NewsChannel 5 Investigates that their on-line courses have been produced with an outdoor vendor.

Ogles obtained a certificates in advertising, for which Dartmouth’s net web page in 2008 listed six programs, every of which may very well be accomplished in “two to 3 hours.”

These questions are on high of Ogles’ claims to be a former member of regulation enforcement. He was actually a volunteer reserve sheriff’s deputy for about two years.

Curiously, Ogles went via a contested Republican major with out his claims ever being challenged.

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AP Photograph

Andy Ogles and George Santos consult with Matt Gaetz through the debate over the Home speakership

MTSU political science professor John Vile stated that, similar to the scenario with New York Congressman George Santos, candidates can slip via due to declining media assets, in addition to a decline within the energy of political events.

“Native media is considerably hollowed out from what it was,” Vile famous.

“One of many downsides of political events was the notion of individuals assembly in smoke-filled rooms and coming to choices, however one of many benefits was a few of these type of outdated timers had a greater concept of, you realize, folks’s repute exterior of the media.”

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