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California Democrat Gets Called Out for Inflating Her Resume

This 29-year-old Democrat claimed she made policy at the State Department. When her local newspaper called the Democrats’ old boss, they got a different story.

By NTK Staff | 03.28.2018 @11:00am
California Democrat Gets Called Out for Inflating Her Resume

Sara Jacobs, at the age of 29, is running to be the youngest member of Congress. But in an effort to downplay her age and play up her life experience, the San Diego Union-Tribune found she is inflating her resume.

Jacobs is running in California’s 49th Congressional District, for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

She got herself in hot water when she started talking about her past experiences, including a claim of “policy making,” in an effort to “distinguish herself from other candidates,” according to the paper.

In interviews and statements, Jacobs, at 29 the youngest candidate running to represent the coastal district in northern San Diego County, has said she was a “policy maker” who worked for the State Department under President Barack Obama.

“I worked at the State Department under President Obama,” Jacobs said in a January 14 interview with MSNBC. And her website says she was a “policy maker” who worked in “key policy positions at the State Department.” Her campaign released a commercial earlier this month that discussed her experiences in international affairs.

The only problem? It’s not true. Jacobs was “a junior employee working for a government contractor and federal regulations prohibited her from making policies,” according to the Union-Tribune.

Jacobs actually worked for 19 months at IEA Corporation, a firm that counts the State Department as one of its clients. She worked in State Department office space alongside government employees, and was involved in projects that focused on security in sub-Saharan Africa.

To make matters worse, Jacobs’ campaign connected the Union-Tribune with her former boss, who makes an appearance in a Jacobs TV ad, and her boss, Cindy Huang, blew the whistle on her outlandish claims.

“My understanding of the regulations is that contractors can conduct research and provide advice and recommendations, and ideas, but they cannot be decision makers in the policy process,” Huang told the Union-Tribune.

Still, Jacobs’ campaign was defiant, calling Jacobs’ portrayal of her past work “the most accurate and transparent” way she could describe it.

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