Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jaime Herrera and the experience issue.

As anyone reading this blog for more then 30 seconds knows, I have major heartburn with Jaime Herrera. I have challenged her assertion that she was EVER a "Senior Legislative Aide," as she has never held that title anywhere.

Since I've known of her, she has engaged in lies and exaggeration in every aspect of her presentation.

To put a new coat of veneer on this picture, here we have what USED to be listed as her biography.

Assistant Republican Floor Leader
Olympia Office:
416 John L. O’Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7850

District Office:
109 SW 1st St, Suite 262
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: (360) 687-0489
Fax: (360) 687-1271

Technology, Energy and Communications
Health Care and Wellness

Family Policy Council
Title and Registration Advisory Committee

Grew up in Hockinson and was homeschooled from the 1st through 9th grades; family has lived in what is now the 18th Legislative District for over 17 years.

Prairie High School graduate
University of Washington – Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in political science

U.S. House of Representatives, legislative assistant for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
The White House, intern for director of Political Affairs
Victory 2004, event coordinator for co-chair
Washington State Senate, intern for State Senator Joe Zarelli
Generational Leadership, director of development for Youth Leadership Development Program

Note the accurate listing of "legislative assistant" to McMorris-Rogers.

Note what it has to say about her now:

State Representative Jaime Herrera grew up in Southwest Washington. A Prairie High School graduate and member of the Prairie women’s basketball team, she also participated in activities like 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day and swimming in the Lewis River. She also joined her family in climbing Mt. St. Helens. These activities have given Jaime an understanding of the natural resources unique to Southwest Washington.

Jaime attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. As a college student, she had the opportunity to intern in both the Washington State Senate and in Washington, D.C. at the White House Office of Political Affairs. From 2005-07, Jaime worked in Washington, D.C. as Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane). Jaime served as the Congresswoman’s lead advisor[sic} on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues.

As Senior Legislative Aide, Jaime helped draft proposals for Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, including a health information technology bill and an education-based competitiveness bill. Both measures passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

In 2007, a vacancy occurred in Washington State’s 18th Legislative District. County Commissioners Betty Sue Morris (D-Clark), Mark Bolt (R-Clark), Axel Swanson (D-Cowlitz) and George Raiter (D-Cowlitz) appointed Jaime as the new State Representative to fill the open position. Jaime has since been elected to continue her post as the Representative of the people in the 18th Legislative District.

In the Legislature, Jaime serves on the Health Care and Wellness Committee, the Human Services Committee and the Transportation Committee. In her time in the Legislature, she spearheaded a successful proposal to expand affordable health insurance options for Washingtonians. She was also instrumental in protecting a transportation project in Ridgefield, central to improving the economic opportunities along the I-5 interchange. Representative Herrera’s first bill, a bipartisan proposal to give tax relief to business owners serving in the military, was signed into law on March 27, 2008.

Jaime and her husband Daniel Beutler currently reside in Camas.

Besides her magic elevation from "legislative assistant" to "Senior Legislative Aide," we note that, golly... 2 democrats voted for her along with one Republican.

Why... it's almost like there were more than 1 Republican and 5 democrats available TO vote... and that she had... well, democrat support!

Let's remember, that when it came to party.... democrats HAD to vote for a Republican.

Minor detail.

And as finessed as this situation might be (The reader might be asking themselves, "what difference does it make?" The answer is that this entire situation just goers to her juvenile pattern of exaggerating her own sense of importance... and, in the alternative, if it's important enough for her to lie about it, it's important enough for me to point it out.) the FACTS is that she NEVER was what she CLAIMED to be.

And you know what?

We get that a lot from her.

Cross posted over at Clark County Politics.

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