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State Senate Slugfest Turns to Areizaga-Soto’s Work for Whipple

by ARLnow.com — August 5, 2011 at 9:00 am 2,879 81 Comments

The retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple has entered the ring in the knock-down-drag-out fight for her 31st District state Senate seat.

Whipple sent a letter to 31st District Democrats this week belittling candidate Jaime Areizaga-Soto’s work as her “policy advisor” in 2010. Whipple, who has endorsed County Board member Barbara Favola in the contentious two-way primary battle, wrote that Jaime — a Stanford law school grad — “served as an intern” and “received only a small stipend.”

“I agreed to give him the title ‘Policy Advisor’” to make up for the low pay, Whipple wrote. “Jaime’s embellishments and exaggerations of his role during his time in Richmond have bothered me for some time, and I feel compelled to set the record straight.”

However, the Areizaga-Soto campaign is now pointing out that Whipple had previously praised his work in Richmond. In a Jan. 27, 2010 column for the Falls Church News-Press, Whipple wrote that she was “fortunate to have the extra help of Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Esq.”

“I coordinate the operations (communications, coordination, and position-making) of the majority Caucus in the Senate,” Whipple wrote. “Jaime supports and advises me on legislation and Caucus-related issues.”

State Sen. John Edwards, of Roanoke, was quoted yesterday as praising the Areizaga-Soto’s work in the state Senate.

“Jaime was an important asset to the Senate Democratic Caucus and to me over the last two legislative sessions,” Edwards said.

“I’m disappointed that Senator Whipple and my opponent have decided to mislead the people of the 31st District,” Areizaga-Soto said in a statement. “Senator Whipple praised my service for her in the Falls Church News Press, and I am proud of the work I did in Richmond. I want to move past this petty distraction and offer my vision for standing up to Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme agenda for Virginia.”

  • Lou

    This is becoming epic.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      This whole thing between Babs and Jaime reminds me a bit of Hillary vs. Obama in 2008.

      • CW

        Maybe when the loser concedes, he or she will say that they have put a million little cracks in the glass ceiling of indecency.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          +5, CW!

  • BrownFlipFlops

    It’s a shame that Senator Whipple decided to get involved in this mess. I dealt with her on a constituent issue, and the timeliness and relevance of her letter shocked me, frankly. I thought of her as a real class act, from that day on.

    It debases her to get involved in this undignified, emotional fracas. In an ideal world, she would have stayed above it. I suppose the rules of machine politics say when the Party calls, you have to do their bidding.

    Making her say, “I gave him the title, but I didn’t really mean it,” is really sleazy.

    I’m disappointed. I thought she was one of the, “good ones.”

    • charlie

      very true. a sad sad day in arlington politics. pathetic of her.

    • ZoningVictim

      I can only assume that you mean “good ones” relative to the fact that she’s a politician. If that’s the case, she still may be since sleazy campaigns are now business as usual in politics regardless of party affiliation. What’s really pathetic is the fact that it works thanks (in part) to an apathetic society that pays little attention to what’s really happening in politics.

      • BrownFlipFlops

        Yeah. “Good ones,” was used in the context of people who are morally flexible enough to get involved in politics. Her response to my letter made me think, “Weird. This person actually listens to constituents, and seems to have decent motivations.”

        Color me disillusioned. This classless move has caused the scales to fall from my eyes. I’m actually a little angry at myself for being stupid enough to have good feelings about a local machine pol.

      • LyonParkVoter

        That is why it is so important for voters to vote in the primary on August 23rd and send a strong and loud message that enough is enough.

        I hope Areizaga-Soto wins by a landslide and maybe then the VA Democratic Leadership and its cronies start listening. Otherwise, don’t complain if these career politicians continue to act unethicall and show a lack of judgment since they just assume that folks will blindly check the box for the Democratic candidate.

        I suspect that Favola’s polling is showing that voters can’t stand her, which is why she is now acting so desperate and throwing anything she can at Areizaga-Soto hoping something will stick. Pathetic.

        This is the last straw. If anyone is still undecided, what more do you need to convince you?

        • Blueloom

          “since they just assume that folks will blindly check the box for the Democratic candidate.”

          This is a primary. They’re both Democrats.

          And I agree w/ what others have said: Whipple should have stayed out of it.

    • jan

      I’m very disappointed.

      A title to compensate? What other official actions were intentionally misleading?

      This is really getting sleazy. Reminds me of the Byrd machine.

  • charlie

    i generally don’t open campaign letters, but this one spoke to me.
    glad i was sitting on the toilet when i did.
    fascinating letter. and her PAC paid for it. not Babs and not her own money — our money that we give her to do stuff.
    i’m thinking write-in ….

    • John

      LOL! I was sitting on the toilet when I read it as well!

  • Aaron

    She gave him a fake title to make up for the demeaning pay? Hopefully this doesn’t catch on in every other office in DC, oh no… it’s too late!!!

  • ZoningVictim

    “I want to move past this petty distraction and offer my vision for standing up to Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme agenda for Virginia.”

    I love how everyone who doen’t think like the person making the statement has an “extreme agenda.”

    From the wikipedia entry on Cuccinelli:

    “During his time in the Senate Cuccinelli took conservative positions on issues including abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration, taxes, government spending, property rights, and the second amendment, while advocating on behalf of law enforcement and increased care for the mentally disabled.”

    Sounds like a mainstream conservative to me.

    • charlie

      no, no, the cooch is in a league of his own.
      he uses those buzz words but doesn’t really mean it. he has a very personal agenda that he is embossing on the state.
      he goes after a UVA Professor on climate change but he isn’t going after the federal government on the new Ches Bay regulations that are imposing billions of costs on state and local governments? very very inconsistent, which is bad policy.

      • ZoningVictim

        I disagree; I think his agenda is relatively run of the mill conservative.

        As for the UVA professor (Mann), it’s generally accepted that some scientists in the climate change arena suppressed evidence that was contrary to their beliefs. He never charged the professor with anything, he simply asked for documents and emails so that he could investigate the matter. While a U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Penn State investigation cleared Mann of charges, neither of those entities are professional investigation firms or particularly unbiased (not that K.C. is unbiased, either). They also presumably did not consider the evidence K.C. was requesting. If Mann and UVA truly had nothing to hide, they wouldn’t have resisted turning over the requested information and this wouldn’t have blown up into this silly “Cuccinelli is attempting to criminalize all of climate science” fiasco it’s become. This is a publically funded entity working on a publically funded research project and should have to turn over any research of that nature that isn’t classified for national security purposes upon request, in my opinion. If research was done in such a way as to taint the outcome, I’d like to know about it and I’d like whatever state/federal grant money to be returned so proper research can be done.

        • charlie

          yeah, but the cooch shouldn’t be attacking people he is supposed to defend.

          The new Ches Bay regulations are based on faulty science, EPA has publicly agreed to that, and yet he is doing nothing. And these new regs actually have an impact on everyone — as opposed to some researcher at UVA who is doing just that — research. The money the UVA prof spent/received is chump change compared to what the new Ches Bay regs will cost you and I.

          I’d rather have our AG going after an over zealous federal agency that a run-of-the-mill professor.

          • ZoningVictim

            I can certainly agree with that.

        • Totallynext

          You really need to get some up to date facts! This claim has been totally debunked and they have released the raw data on the climate study which supports the conclusions of the study

    • normal

      But those aren’t the ONLY things Cooch has done, which have indeed been extremist.

      • ZoningVictim

        Such as?

        • Skeptical

          He was about the very first to mount his horse and sue the Federal government to exempt Virginia from participating in the new Federal health-care programs. I don’t recall him offering some alternative solution to provide health care for people who are too poor to afford it even after working all week at some Wal-Mart in Bum-shag Corners downstate.

          He’s demonstrated, by this and the climate-change suit, that he sees his office as a club with which to advance his social agenda, not as a public trust dedicated to the impartial defense of the law.

          • Larry

            “He’s demonstrated, by this and the climate-change suit, that he sees his office as a club with which to advance his social agenda, not as a public trust . . . ”

            Sorry, when did this change to a discussion about the Presidency?

          • ZoningVictim

            I wholeheartedly support his suit against the federal government for demanding we all buy health insurance and taking the regulation of health insurance products away from the states. I do not believe the Constitution affords the federal government to authority to either encroach on states’ rights or force everyone to buy a product from a private company or pay a fine. In fact, in the case of states’ rights, I think it expressly forbids the federal government from encroachment. 26 states have sued the federal government over that legislation, and 14 states, including Virginia, all filed jointly. I’m happy that my state is standing up for its right to govern itself. He’s an AG and as such should not offer an alternative to the law.

            The climate-change suit was a bit sketchy, but as I said before, there is cause to believe that games are being played with the research.

          • Climatologist

            there is cause to believe that games are being played with the research.

            Yeah? Such as?

          • ZoningVictim

            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html

            Some notable excerpts from the article:

            Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.

            The e-mail messages, attributed to prominent American and British climate researchers, include discussions of scientific data and whether it should be released,

            In one e-mail exchange, a scientist writes of using a statistical “trick” in a chart illustrating a recent sharp warming trend.

            Some of the correspondence portrays the scientists as feeling under siege by the skeptics’ camp and worried that any stray comment or data glitch could be turned against them.

            the documents will undoubtedly raise questions about the quality of research on some specific questions and the actions of some scientists.

            In several e-mail exchanges, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and other scientists discuss gaps in understanding of recent variations in temperature. Skeptic Web sites pointed out one line in particular: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t,” Dr. Trenberth wrote.

          • Climatologist

            Despite relentless noise from climate skeptics about the so-called “Climategate” email scandal, an independent review released today cleared the scientists involved of wrong-doing.

            East Anglia University, home of the Climatic Research Unit whose servers were hacked to obtain the emails in question, commissioned an independent review council to look into whether there was any evidence of malfeasance among scientists involved in the email exchange. The panel concluded:

            “We saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit and had it been there we believe that it is likely that we would have detected it. Rather we found a small group of dedicated if slightly disorganised researchers who were ill-prepared for being the focus of public attention. As with many small research groups their internal procedures were rather informal.”

          • ZoningVictim

            I’m not convinced it would have been in the university’s best interest to admit to wrongdoing on its researchers part. If research done under a Virginia grant is being tainted with bias through the fabrication or omission of information, then their use of that grant money should be investigated by the state and the university should cooperate with the investigation, in my opinion. This is not a statement of my belief in global-warming or the effect humans have on it; it’s simply the way I think things should be done if we are paying for research and there is the slightest hint that the research was improperly conducted.

          • Climatologist

            There have now been five — count ‘em, five — inquiries into the matter. Penn State established an independent inquiry into the accusations against scientist Michael Mann and found “no credible evidence” of improper research conduct. A British government investigation run by the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee found that while the CRU scientists could have been more transparent and responsive to freedom-of-information requests, there was no evidence of scientific misconduct. The U.K.’s Royal Society (its equivalent of the National Academies) ran an investigation that found “no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice.” The University of East Anglia appointed respected civil servant Sir Muir Russell to run an exhaustive, six-month independent inquiry; he concluded that “the honesty and rigour of CRU as scientists are not in doubt … We have not found any evidence of behaviour that might undermine the conclusions of the IPCC assessments.”

            Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) wanted an American investigation of all the American scientists involved in these purported dirty deeds. So he asked the Department of Commerce’s inspector general to get to the bottom of it. The results of that investigation were released: “In our review of the CRU emails,” the IG’s office said in its letter to Inhofe [PDF], “we did not find any evidence that NOAA inappropriately manipulated data … or failed to adhere to appropriate peer review procedures.”

          • Zoning Victim

            Right, and they did those investigations that because they suspected them of foul play; somehow it’s okay for them to investigate, but it’s some horrible travesty of justice when K.C. does it on behalf of VA? Not buying it. If it were an a group of global warming skeptics at a university and the university refused to release any of the information requested and a we had a democratic AG, and most people on this board would be calling for their heads and finding some way to blame George Bush and Dick Cheny.

    • Patrick

      Not to mention he received near 60% of the vote to get elected AG.

      • Justin Russo

        Not in Arlington.

    • steve85

      Cuccinelli is a bum. How in the hell is he in politics. Look at what the title says on the pic “Gov declare national confederate month” he as awful as well. Why do these guys think its ok to say and do the things that they do. That’s why I don’t pay attentiion to those anals in Richmond. NoVa needs to cecede from the rest of the state. People like them (and Cantor) gives VA a bad name.

      • ZoningVictim

        ” Look at what the title says on the pic “Gov declare national confederate month” he as awful as well.”

        What pic, where? I have no idea why anyone is upset by the proclamation; except that they probably didn’t read it, and a state governor can’t declare a “national confederate month.”

        In a “non-scientific” Washington Post poll, 51% of the respondents agreed with the governor’s decision to make the proclamation.

        Whether you agree with the governor’s decision or not, his decision has nothing to do with Cuccinelli.

        • steve85

          the pic with the chick on it. Look you will see it on there. I bet cuccinelli came up with the idea and our dumb gov agreed to do it. It was an awful idea. I’m glad he didn’t make it official bc if he did it would have been major problems. These ideas makes it seem like people want to recall bad memories of what took place back then. Let’s build VA for the future not bring back the bad history of VA

          • ZoningVictim

            By “the chick,” are you referring to the Virginia State Seal? If not, I’m having a really hard time figuring out what your referring to and would appreciate a link to the picture if you have it.

            Burying our history is a great way to ensure we don’t learn from it. A lot of valiant men fought in the Civil War simply because their homeland was attacked. The vast majority of southerners never owned slaves, and the south had been threatening to succeed from the Union for decades. While slavery was a central theme in the Civil War, it’s not the only reason for the war. There were many reasons that people in the north and the south just didn’t see eye-to-eye and that is why to this day southerners take pride in their differences with the rest of the country. I think people are too quick to equate southern pride with some desire to return to the awful days of slavery and race inequality. Obviously, some would like to return the country to those days, just as there are many racists from the northern and western states, but I’d certainly hope that those people are few and far between.

            To put things another way, I’m sure you take pride in being an American even though you know that this country went completely genocidal on the American Indians, nearly succeeding in eradicating all of them. Somehow, the rest of the world isn’t spitting on us and calling us murderous racists when we celebrate our American heritage because the rest of the world understands that as horrible as that was, it’s in the past. The world has moved on with regards to America’s horrible treatment of the Indians; it would be nice if we as a country could form those same understandings and move on with regards to the Civil War instead of trying to make people feel embarrassed about where they were born.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      Perhaps what is viewed as “extremist” comes not from during his time in the Senate, but from his tenure as AG.

  • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

    No surprise here. The entire Whipple family are a bunch of snakes.

    • Bemused bystander

      I’m no longer sure where the borders of tastelessness are, but this comes pretty close.

      • Why, the nerve!

        Serpents! Has he no shame? To compare municipal officials to reptiles–why, next he’ll be calling them scoundrels or, dare I say it, even charlatans. Whither the bounds of courtly demeanor?

        • Tabby

          Hahaha!

          “I said good day, Sir, GOOD DAY.” (Stephen Colbert)

          • Why, the nerve!

            Are you giving me a tip of the hat or a wag of the finger?

  • Fletch

    This is Mary’s version of “Just because I bought his plane ticket doesn’t mean I want him sitting next to me.”

  • JMB

    “B**** set me up!”

  • Arlwhenever

    Areizaga-Soto has Georgetown, Stanford Law, military service, public service, and wheeling and almost a decade experience in international finance in private law practice on his resume; Whipple, whose resume is infused with little more than Democratic ward politics, says Jaime ebellishes? The lady is ACDC trailer trash, just like her former colleagues on the Arlington County Board.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Shoot, trailer trash is more honest than any of these politicians. I’d rather turn my back in a dark alley to “trailer trash” than to any politician.

  • John Fontain

    If I’m understanding this correctly, Whipple either lied in her January 2010 column or she is lying now. And if she is lied in either instance, doesn’t that make her a liar?

    • Lou

      It makes her a politician.

    • LyonParkVoter

      How do you spell Desperate? F-A-V-O-L-A

      Favola and her campaign are desperate to figure out how to win the primary that they feeel they need to lie. Add Revisionist Historian to Whipple’s resume.

      If Favola is supposed to be better qualified and a shoe-in, this clearly shows that is not the case. Yet another reason why she would be eaten alive by Merrick.

      With Areizaga-Soto, he takes away Merrick’s key arguments – a non-career politician with private sector experience. But, Jaime does have public sector experience, particulary in Richmond which Merrick does not and why ultimately he would win against her.

  • baffled

    The mere fact that Jaime is a Lieutenant Colonel in the freaking Army National Guard should serve to end any inclination that he was “just and intern.” The man has served his country, his community, and has a wealth of experience that would serve the constituents of the 31st well. Such a shame that Sen. Whipple would go after someone who has served her country more than she has during her career.

    • LyonParkVoter

      +1

    • Hattie McDaniel

      I have no dog in this fight, but how does someone being in the National Guard “prove” they weren’t an intern? I don’t follow the logic.

      • ZoningVictim

        Obviously, simply being in the military alone doesn’t mean he is a person beyond reproach, a good man (Timothy McVeigh, the Fort Hood shooter and many other examples) or prove beyond any doubt that he wasn’t an intern, but I think what baffled was saying is that the man was a Lt. Colonel in the military and obviously possessed more skills than someone who would be in a position of being “just an intern.” It makes it sound like he was a kid working his first job straight out of college and more in the way than a help, which seems about as likely as him taking a job as a fry cook at McDonalds.

  • DD

    Is there a none-of-the-above option?

    • Aaron

      You could vote for a non-Democrat in the general election you know.

      • steve85

        Why would we do that for Aaron. Worse comment of the day so far

        • Richard Cranium

          Worse than what?

        • ZoningVictim

          So in other words, all you really need is a lever with a “D” on it and you’re good. I can’t imagine why this country is so effed up.

          • ZoningAdvocate

            “I think his agenda is relatively run of the mill conservative.”

            No, that is why the country is so effed up.

          • ZoningVictim

            Okay, so what part of his agenda isn’t the “party line” with most conservatives? Here is what Wikipedia has to say about his tenure in the senate:
            In the Senate Cuccinelli sat on the Courts of Justice, Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. During his time in the Senate Cuccinelli took conservative positions on issues including abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration, taxes, government spending, property rights, and the second amendment, while advocating on behalf of law enforcement and increased care for the mentally disabled.

            Hmmm, lets see:

            Anti-abortion: check
            Against equal rights for gays (at least with regards to marriage): check
            Anti-illegal immigration: check
            Tough on crime: check
            Supports low taxation: check
            Supports low government spending: check
            Supports property rights: check
            Supports the Second Amendment: check
            Supports states’ rights: check

            Seems like a pretty standard social-fiscal conservative to me. If he’d take off the top two and tell the Republican Party to pound sand, that would be “extreme” (and make him a lot more acceptable in the process).

          • ZoningAdvocate

            My point exactly.

          • ZoningVictim

            Haha…

          • Fez

            “Okay, so what part of his agenda isn’t the “party line” with most conservatives?

            Anti-abortion: check
            Against equal rights for gays”

            Only the modern conservative. The Wade of ‘Roe v Wade’ was a Democrat. The classic conservative was consistent in their beliefs about personal rights and responsibilities. This new breed…not so much so. The party line of the 21st century conservative is based more on the extreme social positions of the Christian Coalition than it is on Constitutional rights.

  • mlawson

    Seems as though Jaime Areizaga-Soto likes to embellish the role he had in Richmond while down playing his work as a corporate lawyer representing international developers and oil companies.

    According to his resume, Areizaga-Soto was the “lead attorney” for development projects involving “gas-fired power plants, electricity turbines, toll-roads, oil and gas pipelines, electricity transmission lines and refineries.” Yet, on July 28th, when confronted about his record, Areizaga-Soto told the Virginia Patch that he was not in “decision-making role” and did “no pipeline work.”

    How can you be the lead attorney and not be in a decision making role? Why would you write that you worked on projects that included oil and gas pipelines if you did “no pipeline work”?

    Either, Jaime completely exaggerated his resume or is re-writing his past for the campaign. Jaime can’t have it both ways.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      You’re not listening. We’re tired of the campaigns doing this to each other. Having supporters/campaign workers/pr flacks come here to parrot talking points is exactly what we don’t want to see.

      • LyonParkVoter

        +10

    • jan

      You must work for the Favola campaign

    • Lou

      You don’t see how he can be a lawyer representing development projects and not be the one making decisions about the development?

      Do you think he is the money behind the building of these projects and then also becomes the lawyer that deals with the local government to get approval for the development?

      You don’t see the difference between people who initiate projects, and the legal help they hire to interpret regulations?

      And I thought Arlington had one the highest educated populations around.

  • Stewie

    I see some comments have been taken off but its all good. Some previous posts should been taken off as well but it wasn’t. What’s up with that. Huh????????

    • Steve85

      Exactly. Where are the comments that was posted earlier

  • WTF?

    It official…Jaime Areizaga-Soto gets my vote.

  • Bemused bystander

    The point is that the whole tone and focus of this campaign have gotten tiresomely negative and unproductive. This is a district with one of the highest income and education levels in the entire nation. It deserves a campaign focused on the serious issues of state governance — for instance, how should state resources be invested in transportation, education and social services in northern VA and the rest of the state?

    These are two presumably intelligent candidates with policy-level experience and progressive credentials. Let’s grant that neither is perfect. Mudslinging demeans you both, turns off potential supporters, and gives the GOP more ammunition for the fall fracas. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO STARTED WHAT. JUST STOP IT. (And yes I know I’m shouting. I’m that annoyed.)

    • Thes

      It seems that both candidates and their campaigns have focused themselves at this point to the goal of attempting to destroying the electability of the other. But one of them will certainly be the nominee to run in November against a candidate who will hand control of the Senate to the Republicans. As a Democrat I am deeply disappointed in both of them and call for each of them to immediately and unilaterally take down their attack website.

  • APSnumberone

    You are correct, Thes. These two better stop it now, because Merrick is sitting quietly building up her coffers and she will surely win if Jaime and Barbara don’t back down NOW from destroying one another.

    • jan

      And if D loyalists don’t put their all behind Jamie should he win.

  • hastingsinarlington

    Babs and Whipple are desperate. There is no need to attack an opponent you are not afraid of. Whipple coming out guns blazing now clearly tells me they are running scared.

    Their attacks are ridiculous because:
    - Lawyers from Stanford/40-year old JAGs are not interns, Whipple cannot take back how she empowered Jaime for 2 years as her adviser. Too late lady.
    - The White House Fellowship program is the most prestigious leadership and public service fellowship in the nation and “Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis” (go to the website, it’s right there). Jaime was not working for Bush, he was selected based on merit and talent to a program Babs could never hope to get in to. Why doesn’t she say that straight out of the non-partisan WH Fellowship he was nominated by Obama to a USAID position?
    - A junior lawyer at a firm makes decisions on what clients the firm works with?
    I wonder who advises her on her mailer strategy, must be someone really bright…

  • Hate ‘em both

    For the record, “White House Fellow” is a fancy euphemism for intern. Just like Presidential Management Fellow used to be named … Intern. Ever since the Lewinski scandal, more and more internship programs have been dangling the “Fellow” title out there.

    Jaime looks to have exagerated his credentials, but hey, who doesn’t on their resume? That said, he has a bit of the douche about him.

    OTOH, Babs’ acceptance of a campaign contribution right before a Board decision affecting the contributor reeks of graft.

    If only we had a third choice.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      It’s not a euphemism for “intern.” It’s a very competitive program. Check the list of alumni. The one White House fellow I’ve met was an academic all-star, and the first woman to fly for the Thunderbirds. The work she did was hardly intern-level work. She’d already had a very distinguished career before she was selected for the program.

      • LyonParkVoter

        +10 Hate em Both – I’d recommend that you do more research before making such silly comments. Thousands of people apply to the White House Fellowship program and only about a dozen a year are chosen. By comparison, the Presidential Management Fellow program has thousands and thousands of alumni. As BrownFlipFlops states,the list of Fellows is practically a Who’s Who. You can also see on their website, that Jaime was also selected to be one of three alumni to speak about the program to prospective applicants.

  • Admited Jaime Supporter

    My son was an “intern” when he was 15 and did “data entry,” There are more “interns” these days because of the economy” but they are for people who are in the middle of school, not for people who are in the middle of careers. Those are “fellowships.” And not at the White House, where Inernships are for college kids and Fellowships are for professionals.

    If Whipple had said Jaime was a “Fellow” instead of an “Adviser,” maybe people would have, sort of, kind of, believed her. Especially if she hadn’t called him a “top adviser” before.

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