***Updated*** Melissa Howard’s husband released from hospital as credential controversy engulfs her campaign
Story updated at 2:17 p.m.
Florida House candidate Melissa Howard’s husband, Ian, suffered a heart attack Friday, sources close to her campaign confirm. The development comes as the Manatee County Republican answers charges she lied about earning a college degree.
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center confirms Ian Howard has since been released from the hospital.
As for the candidate, Howard has shut down her Twitter account and important pictures supposedly verifying her education credentials have been removed from her official Facebook page. And media interest has only grown in an apparently elaborate effort to gloss over whether Howard graduated from Miami University in Ohio.
Anthony Pedicini, a consultant for Howard, originally informed Florida Politics about the health development with the candidate’s spouse. Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County, confirmed Ian Howard’s health situation. “Ian Howard had a cardiac event last night and is in Lakewood Ranch hospital,” Pedicini said. “Melissa is focused on her family—not fake news this morning.”
Melissa Howard posted this update to Facebook early Saturday morning.
The health scare came as Howard pushed back on accusations she did not ever complete her degree at Miami University despite claiming in her candidate