“Despite numerous news sources reporting on her lies, McGinty continues to stand by her statement that she was the first of her siblings to go to college, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It’s becoming clear that Pennsylvanians simply cannot trust Katie McGinty. ” – PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney
“According to commencement records, however, her brother, John McGinty, graduated from La Salle University, a four-year college, in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts. John P. McGinty’s LinkedIn account, which is no longer publicly accessible, also listed him as having attended La Salle from 1970 to 1973, after attending the Community College of Philadelphia from 1968 to 1970. His Facebook page also lists him as a member of the La Salle class of ‘73 and as a member of the Temple University class of 1978, where his page says he got a master’s in education.
Katie McGinty entered Saint Joseph’s University in 1981.”
“But according to a report this by Buzzfeed, the Chester County resident may have embroidered at least one section of her life story: Her claim that she was the first member of her family to go to college.
As Buzzfeed notes, McGinty made the claim to the Associated Press in January, saying, ‘As the ninth of 10 kids and the first in my family to go to college, I’ve been privileged to live the American dream.’
In a late April speech to the NAACP, McGinty reportedly said that ‘As recent as late April, she said “even though I was number nine, I was the very first one to go to college in my family.’.”
“In her public statements during the campaign, McGinty has referred to herself as times as the first in her family to go to college, and at other times, the first to go to a four-year college.
McGinty’s website currently describes her as “the first in her family to go to a four year college” when she studied chemistry on a scholarship at Saint Joseph’s University.”
“The issue is that her older brother John McGinty attended the Community College of Philadelphia from 1968 to 1970. He then transferred to, and graduated, from LaSalle University in 1973. He also apparently received his master’s in education from Temple University in 1978.
Katie McGinty entered St. Joseph’s University in 1981.
‘As Katie has said, she was the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year college,’ McGinty Campaign Spokesman Josh Levitt explained. ‘Her brother completed a two-year program then applied the credits to receive his bachelors.’.”
“The Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania has said on the campaign trail that she is the first in her family to go to college. But an online news site reports a brother graduated from college years before her.
Katie McGinty’s brother attended La Salle University before she went to St. Joseph’s University in 1981.
In January, McGinty told The Associated Press she was ‘the ninth of 10 kids and the first in my family to go to college.’ Her Facebook site repeats the claim. Her campaign website says she was the first to go to a ‘four-year college.’”
“This is at least the third time she has been forced to clean up after statements opened the door to attacks on her honesty….It’s the kind of error that, repeated too often, can undermine even the most professionally staffed campaign.”
“In this campaign, she was caught once before, claiming not to have accepted campaign gifts from special interests: http://billypenn.com/2016/02/03/video-john-fetterman-says-katie-mcginty-lied-during-forum-has-taken-200k-from-oil-and-gas-industry…
“McGinty brought to mind Hillary Clinton’s claims of having left the White House almost in poverty.”