Oct 31, 2009

Meeting Planner Job Lead in Washington, DC

A friend of mine in DC gave me the heads up of a job opening for a meeting planner type position with a firm called Potomac Management, a reputable meeting planning organization we have interacted with in the past. Thought I would pass it along to those who are interested.

Job Description—Account Coordinator

Coordinators manage the customer service aspects of client contracts. They are responsible for the administrative functions regarding membership, programs, fundraising, communications, and events. Account Coordinators report to the Account Director for each client and work to ensure that assigned tasks are completed properly and on time.Supports Account Director and client membership Reports to Account Director Responsibilities include, but not limited to:General• Answering phone lines (PMR and all clients)• Attend staff meetings• Maintain organized filing system• Effectively communicate project status with other team members• Complete special projects as assigned Administrative• Maintain organization of client filing system (email and hard copy)• Attend Board meetings, as needed• Maintain a master task calendar for client(s)Communications• Monitor/respond to client mail and email; forward relevant emails to other staff for follow up• Provide customer service to members via phone and email• Support outreach to members via email updates and newsletters• Maintain client websites Financial • Respond to requests for taxpayer ID numbers • Generate and track outgoing invoices• Prepare check deposit and credit card reports Membership• Respond to membership inquiries• Work with Account Director to build membership, increase prospects• Coordinate special client programs, mentor programs, career days, sponsor appreciation, recruitment campaigns, etc. Serve as liaison with Committee chairs and organizers.Events• In conjunction with client/Account Director/Event Director: Develop and monitor event budgets (including establishing registration fees) Develop and monitor event time lines Prepare for monthly programs (luncheons and evenings), workshops and networking events, coordinate on-site registration• Maintain a master calendar of events for each client• Attend programs: liaison with speaker, Board, and members• Assist in coordinating logistics associated with Board meetings/retreats Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree• 0-1 years experience in field• Experience in an association or customer service oriented position.• Database entry and reporting and mail merge experience required• Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office Applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook• Excellent written and oral communication skills• Excellent typing skills• Organized, high level attention to detail• Ability to work concurrently on multiple tasks and meet required deadlines• Professionalism and strong work ethic• Capacity to work in a team environment Other Information• Client events are held in the evenings and occasionally on weekends; local travel required• No relocation costs paid Benefits• Medical/dental/eye plan• Professional development opportunities• Membership dues paid for industry associations• Vacation and sick leave• Comp time for required weekend hours• Casual office atmosphere• Old Town Alexandria office location Salary• $32,000-$35,000, depending on experience Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@potomacmanagementresources.com. If you don’t have time to do a cover letter, don’t waste your time sending just a resume.

Republican Office Job Leads: Capitol Hill

October 29, 2009
Website Manager/Legislative/Communications Assistant:- Florida Republican is seeking an experienced website manager with strong background in new media and managing email lists and databases. This is a unique position that also includes some legislative/press duties. This is the perfect position for someone who is tech savvy, who would like the opportunity to do more substantive legislative/press work, including committee responsibilities. Previous Hill experience of at least two years managing websites, overseeing e newsletters, teletown halls and new media a must. Send resume to Legassistant2009@gmail.com.

Paid Internship – Congressman Henry Brown (SC-01) seeks interns in his Washington, DC office. Duties include conducting Capitol tours, assisting with constituent calls and requests, sorting correspondence, attending hearings and briefings, researching legislative issues, drafting letters and assisting staff with various office duties. Successful candidates will be motivated, hard working, and able to work as part of a team. South Carolina ties are strongly preferred. College students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to start immediately and continue through the Spring. Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Amber Ford at scdcintern@gmail.com with “Internship” in the subject line.
Spring Internship - The office of Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) is currently seeking unpaid interns for spring internships beginning early January. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings. Florida ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and cover letter to mack.internship@gmail.com

Spring Interns - The office of Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX-22) is seeking interns for the Spring of 2010. Duties include answering phones, sorting correspondence, giving Capitol tours to constituents, assisting the Staff Assistant with other basic front office duties, and any other duties as requested by staff members. Candidates should have a strong work ethic, be highly organized and motivated, and have a “no task is too big or too small attitude”. This internship is unpaid. Qualified applicants should send a completed application, cover letter, and resume to the Intern Coordinator at Ademide@mail.house.gov. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2009. To request an application, e-mail Ademide Adedokun at Ademide@mail.house.gov.

October 22, 2009
Legislative Correspondent – Legislative correspondent (LC) position is available in a conservative office. The LC will be responsible for organizing, researching, drafting, processing, and responding to constituent correspondences and assisting with other projects. The qualified individual should be organized and highly motivated with exceptional writing skills, strong research abilities, attention to detail, and experience with Internet Quorum. Interested applicants should email a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample (preferably an example of a constituent letter) with “LC” in the subject line to lcjobs2010@gmail.com. Only conservative individuals with ties to the Carolinas should apply. Resumes will be accepted until December 1.

Full-time Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-09) is currently seeking full-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail & faxes, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are also given the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Additional duties are available and will be assigned according to an intern’s interest and ability. Successful candidates will be highly motivated and detail oriented conservatives with strong multitasking abilities. Florida ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to Tim.Tracy@mail.house.gov.

Spring Internship - The office of Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA-04) is seeking conservative interns to begin in January 2010 and continue until May 2010 in the Washington, DC office. Position responsibilities include answering phones, sorting and drafting correspondence, giving Capitol tours, researching legislation, data entry, and any other duties as requested by staff members. Candidates should have a strong work ethic, be highly organized and motivated, and possess a positive attitude. This internship is unpaid. College credit, if applicable, will be provided. Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Unitt-Zupkus at kim.unitt-zupkus@mail.house.gov with “Spring Internship” in the subject line.

Full-Time Unpaid Interns - The office of Congressman Bill Posey is looking for a full-time unpaid interns for the fall and spring semesters. Interns will be responsible for assisting with general office duties (answering phones, sorting mail and faxes), and assisting legislative staff with research and writing. Performing constituent services (guiding Capitol tours and legislative correspondence) will also be an integral part of each internship. There are also opportunities to attend hearings and briefings on behalf of the office. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings, briefings, and other Congressional proceedings that might be of interest to them. Additional duties are available and will be assigned according to an intern’s interest and ability. Must be highly motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and will have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline. Send resume and cover letter to Erin Houg at erin.houg@yahoo.com with "Fall or Spring Internship" in the subject line. Please specify which season you are looking to intern during. No phone calls or faxes please.

October 19, 2009
Legislative Director - Congressman Buck McKeon seeks an experienced Legislative Director to provide leadership and guidance for his legislative operation as well as serving as a key advisor to the Member on legislative issues before Congress. The legislative director works with other senior staff to implement the Members’ legislative agenda along with monitoring floor proceedings and managing key district legislative initiatives, including Resources and Appropriations work. Strong writing, verbal and organizational skills are required and California ties are a plus. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Candace Dodge at mckeon.scheduling@mail.house.gov or by fax (202) 225-2813.

October 15, 2009
Unpaid DC Internship - Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for January-May 2010 to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Only full-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to src.senate.gov or republican.senate.gov. Visit alexander.senate.gov to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to resumes@src.senate.gov . Deadline for applications is October 30th, 2009.

Unpaid Interns - Republican Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) is seeking unpaid interns for the Fall of 2009. Candidates should have an interest in public policy. Interns will have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and briefings for staff members, assist in the constituent correspondence process, as well as assist with other constituent services. Responsibilities include: taking phone calls, processing constituent mail, and performing other general office duties. Applicants should be interested in the legislative process, enthusiastic, reliable, and hard-working. Full or part time internships with flexible schedules are available. Candidates who reside in Virginia’s First Congressional District are preferred. Interested candidates should fax their resume and cover letter to (202) 225-4382 or email gordon.neal@mail.house.gov .

October 8, 2009
Press Secretary - Midwestern Republican seeks proactive Press Secretary. Responsibilities would include developing and implementing overall communications strategy; pitching stories nationally and locally in a large open media market; writing press releases, statements, op-eds, email updates and newsletters; planning press events; and helping to manage website and email program. Ideal Candidates will have impeccable writing skills, strong political instincts, and 3+ years of Hill experience. Applicants who are recent graduates who have no prior press experience will NOT BE CONSIDERED! Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a resume to HillPressJob@mail.house.gov.

Legislative Director - South Carolina Republican Congressman seeks Legislative Director to serve as chief legislative advisor and staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Ideal candidate will be current/former LD or Senior LA with solid experience with transportation and Army Corps issues. Applicants must be team players and capable of providing their experienced policy and political insight into all parts of the office, including press, constituent outreach, and new media. Position also involves managing overall constituent correspondence system, including outreach mailings. Candidates must be creative thinkers who will work with staff in Washington and in the district to address legislative and local issues, including appropriations and highway bill projects, economic development opportunities, and other issues as they arise. Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to chris.berardini@mail.house.gov.

Spring Internships - The Office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is seeking bold, energetic, conservative individuals for paid/unpaid Spring Internships, beginning early January. During your time with our office, you will be given the opportunity to develop leadership, management, and policy experience. Duties include everything from answering phones and mail, conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, to assisting staff members and Congressman Jordan with achieving our legislative goals and constituent outreach. You will be challenged and will be given practical tools for career and academic success. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work as part of a professional team. Fourth District/Ohio ties are a plus. Applicant Instructions: All interested persons should contact Kevin Eichinger, Internship Coordinator for Congressman Jim Jordan, at 202-225-2676 or Kevin.Eichinger@mail.house.gov. Please have cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample available by November 15.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is currently seeking full-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are given the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be principled conservatives who are highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Colorado ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Kristine.Michalson@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

October 1, 2009
Scheduler – A Southern Republican is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Scheduler. Scheduler responsibilities include processing all scheduling requests, coordinating Member travel and expense reimbursement, and working with the Chief of Staff and Member to make sure the daily schedule is both efficient and effective. Ideal candidate must have exceptional communication and organizational skills and be willing and able to adapt to get the job done in a stressful environment. Scheduling in this Senior Republican’s office is done through Microsoft Outlook. Hill or other scheduling experience is a major plus and Southern ties are preferred but not required. Starting pay commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to southerngopscheduler@gmail.com.

Oct 24, 2009

October Job Postings on Capitol Hill


October 22, 2009
Spring Internship - The office of Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA-04) is seeking conservative interns to begin in January 2010 and continue until May 2010 in the Washington, DC office. Position responsibilities include answering phones, sorting and drafting correspondence, giving Capitol tours, researching legislation, data entry, and any other duties as requested by staff members. Candidates should have a strong work ethic, be highly organized and motivated, and possess a positive attitude. This internship is unpaid. College credit, if applicable, will be provided. Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Unitt-Zupkus at kim.unitt-zupkus@mail.house.gov with “Spring Internship” in the subject line.

Full-Time Unpaid Interns - The office of Congressman Bill Posey is looking for a full-time unpaid interns for the fall and spring semesters. Interns will be responsible for assisting with general office duties (answering phones, sorting mail and faxes), and assisting legislative staff with research and writing. Performing constituent services (guiding Capitol tours and legislative correspondence) will also be an integral part of each internship. There are also opportunities to attend hearings and briefings on behalf of the office. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings, briefings, and other Congressional proceedings that might be of interest to them. Additional duties are available and will be assigned according to an intern’s interest and ability. Must be highly motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and will have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline. Send resume and cover letter to Erin Houg at erin.houg@yahoo.com with "Fall or Spring Internship" in the subject line. Please specify which season you are looking to intern during. No phone calls or faxes please.

October 19, 2009
Legislative Director - Congressman Buck McKeon seeks an experienced Legislative Director to provide leadership and guidance for his legislative operation as well as serving as a key advisor to the Member on legislative issues before Congress. The legislative director works with other senior staff to implement the Members’ legislative agenda along with monitoring floor proceedings and managing key district legislative initiatives, including Resources and Appropriations work. Strong writing, verbal and organizational skills are required and California ties are a plus. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Candace Dodge at mckeon.scheduling@mail.house.gov or by fax (202) 225-2813.

October 15, 2009
Unpaid DC Internship - Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for January-May 2010 to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Only full-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to src.senate.gov or republican.senate.gov. Visit alexander.senate.gov to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to resumes@src.senate.gov . Deadline for applications is October 30th, 2009.

Unpaid Interns - Republican Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) is seeking unpaid interns for the Fall of 2009. Candidates should have an interest in public policy. Interns will have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and briefings for staff members, assist in the constituent correspondence process, as well as assist with other constituent services. Responsibilities include: taking phone calls, processing constituent mail, and performing other general office duties. Applicants should be interested in the legislative process, enthusiastic, reliable, and hard-working. Full or part time internships with flexible schedules are available. Candidates who reside in Virginia’s First Congressional District are preferred. Interested candidates should fax their resume and cover letter to (202) 225-4382 or email gordon.neal@mail.house.gov .

October 8, 2009
Press Secretary - Midwestern Republican seeks proactive Press Secretary. Responsibilities would include developing and implementing overall communications strategy; pitching stories nationally and locally in a large open media market; writing press releases, statements, op-eds, email updates and newsletters; planning press events; and helping to manage website and email program. Ideal Candidates will have impeccable writing skills, strong political instincts, and 3+ years of Hill experience. Applicants who are recent graduates who have no prior press experience will NOT BE CONSIDERED! Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a resume to HillPressJob@mail.house.gov.

Legislative Director - South Carolina Republican Congressman seeks Legislative Director to serve as chief legislative advisor and staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Ideal candidate will be current/former LD or Senior LA with solid experience with transportation and Army Corps issues. Applicants must be team players and capable of providing their experienced policy and political insight into all parts of the office, including press, constituent outreach, and new media. Position also involves managing overall constituent correspondence system, including outreach mailings. Candidates must be creative thinkers who will work with staff in Washington and in the district to address legislative and local issues, including appropriations and highway bill projects, economic development opportunities, and other issues as they arise. Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to chris.berardini@mail.house.gov.

Paid Interns -The Republican House Policy Committee is looking for motivated individuals to assist a leadership office in networking, researching policy, data building and analysis, and some administrative work for the Fall Semester. The internship will NOT require constituent mail work, guided tours of the Capitol, flag requests, and other tasks normally associated with internships in a Congressional office. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Randall.Thompson@mail.house.gov

Spring Internships - The Office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is seeking bold, energetic, conservative individuals for paid/unpaid Spring Internships, beginning early January. During your time with our office, you will be given the opportunity to develop leadership, management, and policy experience. Duties include everything from answering phones and mail, conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, to assisting staff members and Congressman Jordan with achieving our legislative goals and constituent outreach. You will be challenged and will be given practical tools for career and academic success. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work as part of a professional team. Fourth District/Ohio ties are a plus. Applicant Instructions: All interested persons should contact Kevin Eichinger, Internship Coordinator for Congressman Jim Jordan, at 202-225-2676 or Kevin.Eichinger@mail.house.gov. Please have cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample available by November 15.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is currently seeking full-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are given the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be principled conservatives who are highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Colorado ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Kristine.Michalson@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

October 1, 2009
Scheduler – A Southern Republican is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Scheduler. Scheduler responsibilities include processing all scheduling requests, coordinating Member travel and expense reimbursement, and working with the Chief of Staff and Member to make sure the daily schedule is both efficient and effective. Ideal candidate must have exceptional communication and organizational skills and be willing and able to adapt to get the job done in a stressful environment. Scheduling in this Senior Republican’s office is done through Microsoft Outlook. Hill or other scheduling experience is a major plus and Southern ties are preferred but not required. Starting pay commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to southerngopscheduler@gmail.com.

September 28, 2009
Executive Assistant / Scheduler - Congressman Connie Mack is seeking an experienced Executive Assistant / Scheduler. The successful candidate will be responsible for handling scheduling requests and managing the calendar, coordinating travel for the Congressman, and handling his correspondence. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter, able to handle several projects at one time, and have a strong attention to detail. Additionally, the candidate will have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to mack.scheduler@mail.house.gov. Please no phone calls, faxes, or drop-ins.

September 24, 2009
Unpaid Internship - The office of Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK) is currently seeking full-time and part-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Oklahoma ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Katie.wise@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

Oct 18, 2009

Latest Job Leads on Capitol Hill


Here are the latest job openings in Republican offices on the Hill. The dates are the date the job posted in that office. Good luck.

October 15, 2009
Unpaid DC Internship - Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for January-May 2010 to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Only full-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to src.senate.gov or republican.senate.gov. Visit alexander.senate.gov to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to resumes@src.senate.gov . Deadline for applications is October 30th, 2009.

Unpaid Interns - Republican Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) is seeking unpaid interns for the Fall of 2009. Candidates should have an interest in public policy. Interns will have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and briefings for staff members, assist in the constituent correspondence process, as well as assist with other constituent services. Responsibilities include: taking phone calls, processing constituent mail, and performing other general office duties. Applicants should be interested in the legislative process, enthusiastic, reliable, and hard-working. Full or part time internships with flexible schedules are available. Candidates who reside in Virginia’s First Congressional District are preferred. Interested candidates should fax their resume and cover letter to (202) 225-4382 or email gordon.neal@mail.house.gov .

Internship - Congressman Jerry Moran (KS-01) is seeking full-time paid interns for the remainder of the fall semester with the potential of serving in Spring 2010. Paid interns would be responsible for assisting legislative staff with various projects, including legislative research, responding to constituent requests, guiding tours of the U.S. Capitol, compiling news clips, updating the web site, attending hearings and briefings, and assisting with general office duties. Interns will be paid the maximum amount allowed by the House of Representatives and may also receive transportation benefits. Applicants should send their cover letter to mark.colwell@mail.house.gov and write “Intern Applicant” in the subject line. Kansas ties are preferred.

October 8, 2009
Press Secretary - Midwestern Republican seeks proactive Press Secretary. Responsibilities would include developing and implementing overall communications strategy; pitching stories nationally and locally in a large open media market; writing press releases, statements, op-eds, email updates and newsletters; planning press events; and helping to manage website and email program. Ideal Candidates will have impeccable writing skills, strong political instincts, and 3+ years of Hill experience. Applicants who are recent graduates who have no prior press experience will NOT BE CONSIDERED! Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a resume to HillPressJob@mail.house.gov.

Legislative Director - South Carolina Republican Congressman seeks Legislative Director to serve as chief legislative advisor and staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Ideal candidate will be current/former LD or Senior LA with solid experience with transportation and Army Corps issues. Applicants must be team players and capable of providing their experienced policy and political insight into all parts of the office, including press, constituent outreach, and new media. Position also involves managing overall constituent correspondence system, including outreach mailings. Candidates must be creative thinkers who will work with staff in Washington and in the district to address legislative and local issues, including appropriations and highway bill projects, economic development opportunities, and other issues as they arise. Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to chris.berardini@mail.house.gov.

Paid Interns -The Republican House Policy Committee is looking for motivated individuals to assist a leadership office in networking, researching policy, data building and analysis, and some administrative work for the Fall Semester. The internship will NOT require constituent mail work, guided tours of the Capitol, flag requests, and other tasks normally associated with internships in a Congressional office. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Randall.Thompson@mail.house.gov

Spring Internships - The Office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is seeking bold, energetic, conservative individuals for paid/unpaid Spring Internships, beginning early January. During your time with our office, you will be given the opportunity to develop leadership, management, and policy experience. Duties include everything from answering phones and mail, conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, to assisting staff members and Congressman Jordan with achieving our legislative goals and constituent outreach. You will be challenged and will be given practical tools for career and academic success. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work as part of a professional team. Fourth District/Ohio ties are a plus. Applicant Instructions: All interested persons should contact Kevin Eichinger, Internship Coordinator for Congressman Jim Jordan, at 202-225-2676 or Kevin.Eichinger@mail.house.gov. Please have cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample available by November 15.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is currently seeking full-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are given the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be principled conservatives who are highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Colorado ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Kristine.Michalson@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

October 1, 2009
Scheduler – A Southern Republican is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Scheduler. Scheduler responsibilities include processing all scheduling requests, coordinating Member travel and expense reimbursement, and working with the Chief of Staff and Member to make sure the daily schedule is both efficient and effective. Ideal candidate must have exceptional communication and organizational skills and be willing and able to adapt to get the job done in a stressful environment. Scheduling in this Senior Republican’s office is done through Microsoft Outlook. Hill or other scheduling experience is a major plus and Southern ties are preferred but not required. Starting pay commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to southerngopscheduler@gmail.com.

Oct 17, 2009

Why Should We CAIR?

This past Tuesday, four members of Congress, Reps. Sue Myrick, John Shadegg, Trent Franks, and Paul Broun, each members of the House Anti-Terrorism Caucus held a press conference to announce the existence of a document that outlined a national security threat facing Congress.

The document was a memo from a non profit group named CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations.)

Since the press conference, Sue and the other Reps have been labeled as racists, anti-Muslim and worse. The backlash was expected from the group whom we targeted (CAIR), but the spin job being put out by some in the media is surprising. Not because we are conservative and most in the media are left-leaning... but because the talking points used by the media outlets are carbon copy of the talking points being put out by the group we exposed. If we were talking about some partisan squabble on health care or tax policy or any other mundane yet daily battle on Capitol Hill I wouldn't really care, but this is different and is very troubling.

So that you understand the real story behind our press conference, allow me to share some background information with you.

1. CAIR is a front group for and has documented ties to the terrorist organization HAMAS. This is not my opinion, or the opinion of Sue or the other members that held the press conference. This is the stated fact by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The FBI has publically stated CAIR has ties to HAMAS, a designated terrorist organization. This was clearly stated in a letter the FBI sent to Sen. Jon Kyl on April 28, 2009:

"As you know, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in the United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. (Cr. No. 3:04-240-P (N.D.TX.). During that trial, evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders (including its current President Emeritus and its Executive Director) and the Palestinian Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestinian Committee and HAMAS, which was designated a terrorist organization in 1995. In light of that evidence, the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI.”

So CAIR has documented ties to HAMAS, so says the FBI. In case you are not familiar with the Holy Land trial referenced above. It was a Dallas, TX trial that ended with guilty verdicts on 108 counts of funneling money ($12 million) to HAMAS. Let me repeat, CAIR was named by the US Department of Justice as an un-indicted co-conspirator in a HAMAS terrorism case that led to convictions on 108 counts of funnelling money to a terrorist organization. The FBI publically linked the current Executive Director of this organization to HAMAS (see above quote again).

2. Sue's press conference was for the purposes of making public an internal CAIR memo that documented CAIR's stated goal of placing CAIR interns in the offices of members of the Homeland Security, Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Let me be clear here, CAIR, a group whom the FBI says is affiliated with the terrorist group HAMAS is trying to place their interns in the member offices of those members who serve on the three committees that handle national security related issues. We have the document. We made it public. By any reasonable, objective and common sense standard we did the right thing. To our critics, I simply ask the following: Are you suggesting that you would not have notified anyone in authority if you discovered HAMAS was trying to place people in congressional offices dealing with national security issues? That is the logical conclusion to be drawn by your criticism.
3. Following our press conference, CAIR, immediately labeled the four members as bigots and started their public relations campaign to discredit the members, the authors of the book from which the intern document was obtained, the publisher of the book, etc. etc. This is a classic CAIR public relations strategy. Notice they have critisized every one who has spoken out, but have yet, to disown the documents we unearthed. Get it? They are trying to muddy the water in the court of public perception by labeling anyone who speaks out against CAIR as being anti-muslim. But let's look this claim of racism carefully.
4. No where during our press conference did Sue or any of the other members say they were investigating Muslims being interns on Capitol Hill. No where! Not once. Nada! Don't believe me? Go to http://www.youtube.com/suemyricknc09 and watch the press conference in its entirety. You decide. We were very careful to make sure that the focus of our press conference was on CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, a group that the FBI severed all ties with, a group whom has documented ties to HAMAS, a group whom was named an un-indicted co-conspirator to a terrorism case that lead to 108 convictions. Now after watching the video of our press conference, go to msnbc's website (http://www.msnbc.com/) and watch Rachel Maddow attack Sue and the other members as saying things they never said. You watch both videos and tell me who is playing the Muslim race card?

Critics, don't you see that CAIR's response said we were targeting Muslim interns, not us? Let me repeat this point: WE ARE FOCUSED ON CAIR, A FRONT GROUP FOR HAMAS, NOT MUSLIMS (read on and you will learn about our history in this effort to reach out to Muslims)

5. This whole incident is part of a much larger informational battle that is being waged right now within the Muslim Community here in America. You need to be aware of this. Groups like CAIR are spending time, money and energy to position themselves to be considered as the spokespeople for the moderate muslim community here in America. Problem is CAIR is not a moderate muslim organization. It is a radical front group for HAMAS and a group called the Muslim Brotherhood (which we will blog about at another time). So who is CAIR competing with for this designation?... The real moderate muslim groups in America. Groups and individuals like the following:

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi – President World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
Zeyno Baran – Director for the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute
Farid Ghadry – President of the Reform Party of Syria
Manda Zand Ervin – the founder and director of the Alliance of Iranian Women
Dr. Ali H. Alyami – Executive Director, The Center for Democracy and Human Rights
in Saudi Arabia
Omran Salman – Arab Reformists Project, 'Aafaq (Arabic for “horizons”).
Dr. Zudi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Karim Bromund – Director of Inter-Religious Affairs for the Islamic Supreme Council of America
Again, let me be clear, Sue Myrick SUPPORTS the Muslim individuals and groups mentioned just above. These groups renounce terrorism. They renounce Hamas. They are trying their hardest to be heard and recognized in America, but are being overshadowed and out funded by CAIR.

Get it? There is a information battle being waged right now and the radical groups are winning. When something happens that impacts the Muslim community in America, the media calls CAIR (an unindicted co-conspirator to terrorism and a HAMAS front group) for comment on behalf of America muslims. What an insult the media is performing on the Muslim Community here in America. Instead they should be calling the American Islamic Forum for Democracy or the Arab Reformist Project, or any of the other moderate muslim groups named above. This is part of the reason why we are focusing our attention on CAIR and exposing them for who they are. For one they pose a threat to our national security and two, they deny the ability of legitimate Muslim groups to gain credibility.

6. Least you think I am merely trying to placate and moderate and some how spin the charges of being anti-muslim to our side, please allow me to tell you about an effort launched back in July of this year that the mainstream media outlets refused to cover. The same outlets that are now falsely claiming we don't want Muslims working on the Hill.

Did you know Sue held a summit on Capitol Hill for moderate Muslims to introduce them to Government officials (elected and within the administration)? How can she be against Muslims working on Capitol Hill and hold such an event? Read one of the few press stories that covered the summit below. I have provided in its entirety with no edits:


"July 31, 2009
Rep. Sue Myrick Hosts ‘Moderate Muslim Summit’
The Editors
Leaders from eight moderate Muslim organizations met on Monday with U.S. Agency heads, Members of Congress and congressional staff at the U.S. Capitol. These meeting were part of an historic Moderate Muslim Summit organized by U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09). The summit was a first of its kind because it assembled the largest group of diverse Muslims in the U.S. Capitol to discuss issues and policy impacting Muslim communities and societies.

At the summit, Muslim leaders were able to meet with representatives from the State Department, USAID, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense in order to emphasize the importance of having a diverse Muslim voice when addressing Muslim communities and societies. They shared their thoughts and opinions on U.S. foreign policy and aid, and how the U.S. government can do a better job at reaching out and hearing from a more diverse group of Muslims rather than just the largest Muslim organizations that represent a minority opinion in the Muslim community.

“I’ve been working with many of these leaders for several years now,” said Rep. Myrick. “They give us valuable input on policy and provide us with new ideas on how to stamp out extremism in their communities and societies around the word. We set up this summit so we could introduce them to other Members of Congress and U.S. agencies in hopes they will use them as a resource as well. It was very successful and I believe this summit was the first step to empower these leaders so that they will be a strong force in helping our government in combating radical Islamists and extremism.”

Leaders from the following organizations were present at the Summit:

Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi – President World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
Zeyno Baran – Director for the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute
Farid Ghadry – President of the Reform Party of Syria
Manda Zand Ervin – the founder and director of the Alliance of Iranian Women
Dr. Ali H. Alyami – Executive Director, The Center for Democracy and Human Rights
in Saudi Arabia
Omran Salman – Arab Reformists Project, 'Aafaq (Arabic for “horizons”).
Dr. Zudi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Karim Bromund – Director of Inter-Religious Affairs for the Islamic Supreme Council of America

Dr. Walid Phares, Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and academic advisor to the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, moderated the summit. "This first summit of ideologically moderate Muslim American NGOs and leaders held in the U.S. Congress is only a first step in a new direction so that an alternative voice would be added to the debate within the community and about the issues related to foreign policy, defense, national security, and radicalization," said Phares. "This meeting is a sample of the forthcoming initiatives and projects that the NGOs have in mind. Future summits will include a wider circle of leaders and groups. But note that even at this early stage, the Myrick sponsored summit included representatives from various backgrounds: Sunni and Shia, Arab and Iranian, American and foreign born, religious and secular, etc."

Phares added: "The issues discussed with representatives from the State Department, the Defense Department, and US Aid covered a wide range of concerns from terrorism, counter radicalization, humanitarian assistance to community participation in national perception of Muslim public affairs." Phares said that the initial idea, as raised by Representative Myrick who serves as co-chair of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House, "is to help diversity grow in the debate among Muslim Americans and within the national community on issues important to all citizens." He said that the voices of democracy and pluralism seeking Muslim Americans should be heard by legislators, the Administration and the public."

Brought to you by the editors and research staff of FamilySecurityMatters.org. "


So do you see how untrue it is that Sue and the other members are trying to keep Muslims off the Hill?

See through the lies and see what is really going on here. We are trying to expose a Hamas Front Group (CAIR) for who they are, and they are crying we are anti-Muslim hoping that media outlets will ignore the terrorism claim and instead pick it up as a race/religion story. And guess what? That is exactly what most of the media is doing. Stay focused. We are not Anti-Muslim. Look at the press conference we held. See for yourself whom we targeted.... it's CAIR.

7. For those critics who say we are just right wing Republicans or wing-nuts or any other monikers like that, please google Democrat Senator Charles Shumer or Democrat Barbara Boxer and read some of their comments about CAIR. Shumer has called for a Government-wide boycott of CAIR because of their affiliations with HAMAS. Did you call him a racist? We just called for an investigation of three committees, he called for a GOVERNMENT WIDE ban of the group. Wake up please. Stop the Republican vs. Democrat, Conservative vs. Liberal thing... save that for a political battle. This is not political. CAIR is HAMAS. Are you aware of that, as you are critisizing our efforts to protect you?

8. CAIR is a front group for HAMAS. It was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator to a terrorism case that lead to 108 convictions of funnelling $12 million to HAMAS. After and because of the evidence produced in that case, the FBI severed all ties with CAIR. This same CAIR, by their own admission, is trying to place people inside the offices of members of Congress who deal with national security issues (judiciary, homeland security and intelligence committees). My boss serves on one of those committees, Intelligence, and is the co-chairwoman of the House Anti-Terrorism Caucus and has spent the better part of the last four years working every day on terrorism related issues. Either you believe CAIR/HAMAS or Sue? Which is it?

God help our country and give it the discernment it needs to save itself from destruction.

Oct 14, 2009

Today's Press Conference Coverage (Video)


As promised, here is the video of the press conference that Sue Myrick held on Capitol Hill today. The audio is not the best, but is doable if you turn up your speakers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAqrb08A32U&feature=channel_page

Sue Myrick Holds National Press Conference


I wanted you to know that moments ago, we wrapped up a press conference in the Capitol where Sue Myrick and three other House members publicly called on the House Sgt. at Arms, the IRS and the US Justice Department to investigate the non-profit group CAIR - the Counsel on American Islamic Relations for their documented ties to HAMAS and other terrorist organizations. Specifically, Sue unveiled a document (Memo) written by CAIR back in January of 2007 that author and investigative journalist Paul Sperry and his investigative team uncovered. The memo outlines CAIR's plan to infiltrate the House of Representatives offices by placing interns in key offices, namely judiciary, homeland security and intell related offices. The memo is being made public now, as it is part of the book Muslim Mafia that is being released nationwide tomorrow. Paul Sperry wrote the book and Sue wrote the forward to the book. The book is based on uncover research that has yielded thousands of pages of documents linking CAIR to terrorism. The press conference was covered by AP, FOX national, World Net Daily, World News Daily, CBN, CBS, ABC, Reuters, Human Events, Roll Call, The Hill, Bloomberg among others. I will post audio and video as soon as we have it ready.

Photos from Speech to Second Half Strategies / Boatsman Gillmore




Last week, I had the opportunity to hold a mini-town hall with the employees, directors and clients of Second Half Strategies/Boatsman Gillmore here in Charlotte. A great group, very lively, great questions. Mostly talked health care reform, but also discussed the stimulus, tax policies and terrorism. Enjoy the photos.

Oct 13, 2009

Photos from Gaston GOP Executive Committee Speech





Last night I addressed the executive committee of the Gaston County Republican Party. I gave an update on our homeland security and anti-terrorism related activities and spoke about the dangers of the rise of radical Islam in America and abroad. I spoke after State Representative Pearl Burris Floyd's impassioned talk about One Nation Under God and after Commissioner John Torbett's historical evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Party Chairman Cliff Priest for the invite.

Oct 12, 2009

Job Seminar for the Unemployed

For those of you who have been laid off or are otherwise looking for employment, I thought I would pass along information on a faith-based seminar aimed at helping people deal with job loss and unemployment:

Free "Lunch and Learn" Seminar: "From Stress to Success: Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster of Unemployment

What: A Free Lunch and Learn Seminar for any one in the community who is unemployed

When: Friday, October 23 ~ with registration at 10:00 AM; program 10:30-2:00

Where: Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Rd, Charlotte

Registration: Ashley Abraham at aabraham@myersparkpres.org or 704.376.3695

Presented by: Myers Park Presbyterian Stephen Ministry and Presbytery of Charlotte's Community Disaster Response Team

Presenters: Rev. Elizabeth Hyland, Unemployment survivor, job coach and author; Dr. Jeannie Fennel, life/job coach of Lifeworks

Goals of this event:
Offer practical, effective ways to cope with the emotions of job loss
Provide tools to turn adversity into opportunity
Restore a sense of hope and well-being
Identify and explore emotions that limit and interfere with a successful job search

Oct 10, 2009

Myrick Launches Anti-Terrorism Agenda


Last week our office (Congresswoman Sue Myrick) made public a revised version of Sue's anti-terrorism agenda. Dubbed the Wake Up America 2.0 Anti-Terrorism Agenda, the plan serves as a blue print for coordinating the anti-terrorism efforts of the Myrick office.

If you have been following the rise of radical Islamist activity in the United States, you know that the efforts to counter such rise are varied and often seemingly disconnected efforts. The assault must be combated on so many fronts simultaneous that often it is hard to synthesize the efforts into a coherent strategy. This plan is an effort to provide an organized construct to those anti-terrorism activities.

I encourage each of you to view the agenda and give me your feedback.

The agenda is comprised of five areas of interest:

1. Domestic Counter-Terrorism
2. Countering Radical Islamist Financing
3. Countering Radical Islamist “Lawfare”
4. Education to Help Counter Radical Islamists
5. Strategic Assets Abroad

View the agenda at http://myrick.house.gov/wakeup.shtml

Congresswoman Myrick is the founder and current co-chairwoman of the House Anti-Terrorism Caucus and sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

New Job Listings on Capitol Hill

Following are GOP job leads on Capitol Hill (primarily). The dates show are the date the job originally posted. Good luck.

October 8, 2009
Press Secretary - Midwestern Republican seeks proactive Press Secretary. Responsibilities would include developing and implementing overall communications strategy; pitching stories nationally and locally in a large open media market; writing press releases, statements, op-eds, email updates and newsletters; planning press events; and helping to manage website and email program. Ideal Candidates will have impeccable writing skills, strong political instincts, and 3+ years of Hill experience. Applicants who are recent graduates who have no prior press experience will NOT BE CONSIDERED! Salary will be commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a resume to HillPressJob@mail.house.gov.

Legislative Director - South Carolina Republican Congressman seeks Legislative Director to serve as chief legislative advisor and staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Ideal candidate will be current/former LD or Senior LA with solid experience with transportation and Army Corps issues. Applicants must be team players and capable of providing their experienced policy and political insight into all parts of the office, including press, constituent outreach, and new media. Position also involves managing overall constituent correspondence system, including outreach mailings. Candidates must be creative thinkers who will work with staff in Washington and in the district to address legislative and local issues, including appropriations and highway bill projects, economic development opportunities, and other issues as they arise. Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to chris.berardini@mail.house.gov.

Paid Interns -The Republican House Policy Committee is looking for motivated individuals to assist a leadership office in networking, researching policy, data building and analysis, and some administrative work for the Fall Semester. The internship will NOT require constituent mail work, guided tours of the Capitol, flag requests, and other tasks normally associated with internships in a Congressional office. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Randall.Thompson@mail.house.gov

Spring Internships - The Office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) is seeking bold, energetic, conservative individuals for paid/unpaid Spring Internships, beginning early January. During your time with our office, you will be given the opportunity to develop leadership, management, and policy experience. Duties include everything from answering phones and mail, conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, to assisting staff members and Congressman Jordan with achieving our legislative goals and constituent outreach. You will be challenged and will be given practical tools for career and academic success. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work as part of a professional team. Fourth District/Ohio ties are a plus. Applicant Instructions: All interested persons should contact Kevin Eichinger, Internship Coordinator for Congressman Jim Jordan, at 202-225-2676 or Kevin.Eichinger@mail.house.gov. Please have cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample available by November 15.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) is currently seeking full-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are given the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be principled conservatives who are highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Colorado ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Kristine.Michalson@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

October 1, 2009
Scheduler – A Southern Republican is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Scheduler. Scheduler responsibilities include processing all scheduling requests, coordinating Member travel and expense reimbursement, and working with the Chief of Staff and Member to make sure the daily schedule is both efficient and effective. Ideal candidate must have exceptional communication and organizational skills and be willing and able to adapt to get the job done in a stressful environment. Scheduling in this Senior Republican’s office is done through Microsoft Outlook. Hill or other scheduling experience is a major plus and Southern ties are preferred but not required. Starting pay commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to southerngopscheduler@gmail.com.

September 28, 2009
Executive Assistant / Scheduler - Congressman Connie Mack is seeking an experienced Executive Assistant / Scheduler. The successful candidate will be responsible for handling scheduling requests and managing the calendar, coordinating travel for the Congressman, and handling his correspondence. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter, able to handle several projects at one time, and have a strong attention to detail. Additionally, the candidate will have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to mack.scheduler@mail.house.gov. Please no phone calls, faxes, or drop-ins.

September 24, 2009
Paid Internship - Congressman John Sullivan (R-OK) is seeking an individual to fill a fall internship position. This internship is a perfect opportunity to gain Hill experience. General responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering phones, opening and sorting mail. Additional duties may include conducting research, attending hearings, handling constituent correspondence and assisting staff members. Southern ties a plus but not mandatory. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to OK01jobs@mail.house.gov.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK) is currently seeking full-time and part-time interns for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Oklahoma ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to Katie.wise@mail.house.gov. No faxes or drop-offs please.

September 17, 2009
Legislative Assistant - Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is seeking to hire a Legislative Assistant to handle health care issues, as well as social security, budget, and tax issues. Capitol Hill experience and a background in health care issues are essential. Candidates must have strong writing and communications skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Please send cover letter and resume to matt.mandel@mail.house.gov with "Legislative Position" in the subject line.

Press Assistant - Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) is seeking a Press Assistant with excellent writing skills and demonstrated background in new media to work in her suburban Chicago office. Duties include developing and maintaining the Member’s official House website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other new media applications. Other responsibilities include drafting regular e-newsletters, press releases, speeches, and op-eds; compiling clips, and providing logistical support for media appearances. Qualified candidates will work well under pressure, have a keen understanding of the legislative process, and be willing to assist other staff as necessary. Technical web development expertise, campaign or Hill experience, and Illinois ties are preferred. Position may involve travel to Washington, DC. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to IL13Jobs@gmail.com.

Unpaid Internship - The office of Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA-09) is currently seeking a full-time intern for the fall semester of 2009. Responsibilities include conducting tours of the Capitol, answering the telephones, organizing and inputting mail, drafting letters and aiding legislative staff on special projects. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings and briefings to enhance their experience on Capitol Hill. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, hard working, and detail oriented. Pennsylvania ties are preferred but not required. Please send resume and brief cover letter to pa09jobs@gmail.com. No faxes or drop-offs please.

Unpaid interns - Congressman Paul C. Broun, M.D. (GA-10) is seeking full-time and part-time unpaid interns for the fall. Interns are responsible for assisting with general office duties (answering phones, sorting mail, and faxes), assisting legislative staff with research and writing, performing constituent services (such as scheduling tours, processing flag requests, and legislative correspondence). Additional duties are available and will be assigned according to an intern’s interest and ability. Interns are encouraged to attend hearings, briefings, and other Congressional proceedings as the schedule allows. Highly motivated, energetic applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to GA10internship@gmail.com with “Fall Internship” in the subject line. No drop-ins for phone calls please.

September 14, 2009
Health Policy Analyst - US Rep. Bob Inglis (SC-4) seeks super-wonky, health-care nerd willing to think outside the box for changing health-care incentives using innovative conservative solutions. Good writing and knowledge of current proposals is key. For more info about Inglis' proposal, see http://inglis.house.gov/healthcaretour. Send resume and writing samples to healthcare.tour@mail.house.gov. Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

September 10, 2009
Legislative Assistant - The Office of Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) seeks a proactive Legislative Assistant for the DC office whose primary focus will be staffing the Congressman on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Qualified applicants will have experience with Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Science and Technology, and Natural Resources. Responsibilities include drafting committee and floor statements and questions, producing legislation and amendments, planning international Congressional trips, briefing the Congressman on relevant policy developments, and meeting and developing networks with constituents and interest groups. The ideal candidate will have several years of Hill experience, be able to manage multiple projects at the same time and perform well under tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal, writing and analytical skills are essential. Candidates must be a self-starter and have a proven record of implementing legislative initiatives and a team player. Texas ties a plus. Please email resume, cover letter, and a writing sample letter to janet.diaz-brown@mail.house.gov, with subject line: Attn: LA – Foreign Affairs Position. No calls, drop-ins, or faxes, please.

Full-Time Unpaid Interns - The office of Congressman Luetkemeyer’s Washington, D.C. office is looking for full-time unpaid interns for the Fall. Interns are responsible for assisting with general office duties (answering phones, sorting mail and faxes), assisting legislative staff with research and writing, performing constituent services (such as scheduling tours, processing flag requests, and legislative correspondence) and also leading Capitol Building tours. Interns will be encouraged to attend hearings, briefings, and other Congressiona proceedings as the schedule allows. Additional duties are available and will be assigned according to an intern’s interest and ability. Must be highly motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, possess excellent organizational and communication skills, a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and will have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline. Missouri ties are a plus. Please email a resume and cover letter to Laura Hardecke at Laura.Hardecke@mail.house.gov with “Fall Internship” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

September 7, 2009
Legislative Assistant - The Office of Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) seeks a proactive Legislative Assistant for the DC office whose focus will be administration of the Victims Rights Caucus, a bi-partisan effort that advocates and provides a voice for all victims of all types of crime, including law enforcement. Qualified applicants will have exposure to most legislative areas and experience with; Small Business, House Administration, Consumer Protection, Government Reforms, Tax and Healthcare. These responsibilities include formulating and writing legislation, briefing the Congressman on relevant policy developments and staffing the Member. The ideal candidate will have several years of Hill experience, able to manage multiple projects at the same time and perform well under tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal, writing and analytical skills are a must. Candidates must be a self-starter and have a proven record of implementing legislative initiatives and building coalitions. Texas ties a plus. Please email resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to janet.diaz-brown@mail.house.gov, with subject line: Attn: LA - VRC Position. No calls, drop-ins, or faxes, please.

Staff Assistant - The office of Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) is seeking applicants for the Staff Assistant position. Candidates must have excellent people skills and must be courteous, detail-oriented and organized. The responsibilities of this position include answering phones, greeting visitors, managing the interns, giving Capitol tours and setting up White House tours, and responding to constituent requests for flags. The ideal candidate will also be a key player in the constituent mail process. This is a fast-paced position that requires someone who can multi-task and be a team player. Virginia ties a plus but not required. Please fax resumes and cover letters to Mary Springer at 202-225-4382. No emails please.

Oct 9, 2009

Job Lead in North Carolina


A friend of mine is a headhunter and sends me leads from time to time to pass along. For those of you in the financial services field, the following job is for a Director of Compliance at a subsidiary of Yadkin Valley Bank. The job is located in Greenville, NC. For what it is worth, I thought I would post it, as I know times are tough and leads are slim. Good luck.


Sidus Financial
Director, Compliance
Greenville, NC


Conway & Greenwood has been retained by Sidus Financial to manage the search for its Director, Compliance located in its home office in Greenville, NC.

Sidus Financial LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yadkin Valley Bank and Trust. Sidus is based in Greenville, NC and has regional offices in Easley, SC, Richmond, VA, and Bedford, NH. Reverse mortgages are offered through its Hickory, NC office. Even through the challenging mortgage markets, Sidus origination volumes have gained steadily each year and are projected at $1.65 Billion for 2009. Sidus is primarily a wholesale mortgage banker that originates high quality mortgages. It is licensed in twenty states and specializes in community bank clients.

Sidus operations are based in Greenville, NC and is known for its high quality of loans, financial strength, a strong culture of customer service, and its well regarded professional staff. For additional information, please visit http://www.sidusfinancial.com/.

Yadkin Valley Bank is based in Elkin, NC and has offices in South Carolina, Charlotte, Durham, Boone, and Wilmington. It recently merged with American Community Bank in Charlotte. Other mergers include Cardinal State Bank in Durham, Piedmont Bank in Statesville and High Country Bank in Boone. The bank has assets of over $2B and its performance compares very favorably to its peers.

The Director, Compliance is responsible for leading the company-wide compliance and for reporting the results to the many state and federal regulators. This is a proactive role that requires solid experience working in a regulated production environment. Candidates with multi-state experience and industry expertise are preferred. Knowledge from a banking and mortgage lending perspective is most desirable.

The Director, Compliance will work closely with the regional production managers. This requires the right balance of a production team member and the company authority. He/she will work closely with the production staff to ensure that everyone is onboard and to ensure that the regulations are met. Therefore, the position requires both excellent interpersonal/communication skills together with strong organization/detailed skills.

The position reports to the EVP, CFO and works closely with all home office staff. The culture is a very tight knit, “family” type environment, where all the employees give 100% to support their counterparts and meet the company goals. The candidate must work extremely well with wholesale managers, retail loan officers, underwriters, closing/shipping and secondary marketing.


Conway & Greenwood
Sidus Financial; Director, Compliance
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He/she will also work closely with counterparts at the bank/parent. The bank’s retail production accounts for about 15% of the company’s total volume.

The position allows for the candidate to shape the Compliance function within Sidus and be recognized as the leader internally and externally. He/she will manage and perform the duties across functional lines and thus the personality of the candidate needs to be someone that does not require constant direction but can jump into the production flow and get things accomplished on demanding schedules.

Compensation will be considered in a range “commensurate with prior experience” so that all interested and well matched candidates are encouraged to apply. Certainly also, candidates will recognize the desirability to join a growing, stable and secure company in this unprecedented economy and its desirable and lower cost location. Candidates that value these will appreciate that the compensation range will be somewhat lower than the national averages for higher cost locations.

Greenville, NC offers an excellent quality of life and a lower cost of living. The population of the city and county is greater than 140,000; but is also a college town, as ECU has over 28,000 and an exceptional Medical Center. This also ensures great sporting events; as football fills the 43,000 capacity stadium. Another excellent draw is how close it is to so many of NC’s coastal communities. Both the beach and river/sound communities offer easy access for weekend activities. In addition, the NC or VA mountains are close enough for a weekend of skiing in the winter or a cool break in the summer. Greenville is 85 miles east of Raleigh and 265 miles south of Washington, DC. Relocation assistance is available.

Candidates must possess superior qualifications and integrity. Please direct all inquires to Paul Conway at (919) 833-4800 or e-mail pconway@conwaygreenwood.com . All inquiries will be handled in a confidential manner.

About Conway & Greenwood, Inc.
Conway & Greenwood is a national executive search firm that specializes in retained search assignments for corporate clients to recruit senior level executives. The consulting firm has successful long-term relationships with many of the nation’s leading companies. Conway & Greenwood’s commitment to professionalism and integrity produces great value for its clients. For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.conwaygreenwood.com/.

Conway & Greenwood gained admission to the Association of Executive Search Consultants, a global association comprised of the premier retained executive search firms. For more information, please visit http://www.aesc.org/.

Conway & Greenwood subscribes to a Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines that form the foundation of the practice.

Oct 8, 2009

Two Health Care Bills Side By Side: Let the People Decide


Yesterday, Congresswoman Sue Myrick signed onto a free market driven alternative health care bill and simultaneously called on Speaker Pelosi to put the bill on the floor opposite the Democrat health care bill(s) so that the American people can compare for themselves which bill is more to their liking.


Sue supports HR 3713, the American Health Care Solutions Act. The primary bill the Dems have been pushing in the House is HR 3200.


I believe the Republican leadership in the House is making a tactical mistake by not putting forth a health care bill that encompasses the reforms and values we as a party believe in. To not put a bill together is to risk being labelled as the party of no. In fact, that is exactly what we are routinely called in the national media.


Here's the deal, if we believe in our ideas... I mean truly believe them, then why not put them out their for the world to see. What good is an idea if you are just going to hide it away.


Sue believes that a government run health care plan is BAD for America. We stood up to HR 3200 and helped fight it. We continue that fight.


But while we fight Against that bill, why doesn't the Republican leadership push FOR the bill that accomplishes the reforms we believe in? From a political perspective, to do otherwise, is to appeal to your base of political support only and do nothing to reach out to Independents and Swing Democrats. Why would we do that? We can enact meaningful reform, help reform parts of the health care system that are broken, help lower the cost of heath care for millions of people in a free market-friendly way, and politically appeal to that cross over vote, thereby strengthening our parties appeal to other demographics.


We simply must start fighting for what we are FOR with the same voracity that we fight that which we are Against.



So in that spirit, Sue signed onto a great health care reform plan drafted by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI-08).

“Rep. Rogers’ bill addresses all of the issues I’ve been talking about for months – things that can truly make a difference within our health care system,” said Rep. Myrick. “The reforms in this bill are common sense changes that still allow patients and doctors to make decisions about medical care. The American people have the right to know what alternative plans are being proposed, and I call for the Speaker to bring both bills to the floor so that the American people have the opportunity to compare the plans and decide what’s best for them”.

Some of the key provisions of the bill include:

· Preventing insurance companies from denying care based on pre-existing conditions or becoming sick
· Expanding federal block grants for state high-risk pools that accept all patients
· Creating association and small business health plans
· Allowing families to purchase insurance across state lines
· Enacting comprehensive medical liability reform
· Expanding and improving health savings accounts
· Allowing employers to offer discounts for healthy behaviour through wellness and prevention programs
· Strengthening penalties for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and expanding funding for federal anti-fraud monitoring
· Establishing “transparency portals” in each state to provide families more information about health plans and providers
Let the fight begin.

Oct 6, 2009

I Support A Second Stimulus Bill


To date, 21% of the $787 Billion so-called stimulus bill has been spent. In other words, 79% of it has not been spent. I disagreed with the stimulus when it was put forth, because there is nothing stimulative about it. It is just spending money and adding to both our deficit and national debt, with no job creating abilities other than the public dole.

But I do favor a second stimulus bill. That's right, I am in favor of a new stimulus bill.

Here it is:

1. Cut the corporate income tax rate 50% for two years so companies can afford to hire.

2. Cut the payroll tax 75% for two years so workers can afford to live.

3. Cut the capital gains tax 100% for two years so people can afford to invest.

It is that simple.
Imagine if Congress would have done that instead of the first stimulus bill? What would our economy being doing right now? Do you think unemployment would be hovering at 10%? I don't. What do you think Americans would say if you put this bill on the floor of the Congress? I think they would love it. Why wouldn't they? It actually is a stimulus bill, as it would stimulate growth and free up access to capital.
Just my two cents.

Oct 3, 2009

October Speaking Engagements



Enjoyed spending time with and addressing the Waxhaw Rotary Club yesterday morning. The photos you see are from that event.

Monday, I will be filling in for Sue and conducting a town hall type meeting with a local CPA firm. The event is a company specific closed event, but I will be happy to post photos afterward.
On Monday (Oct 12) I will be addressing a meeting of the Gaston County Republican Party Executive Committee and will speaking on homeland security and terrorism issues. Check out the Gaston GOP homepage for more information. The event will be on the campus of Belmont Abbey College.

On October 10th, I will pitch hit for Sue Myrick at the 3rd Annual Union County GOP BBQ.
On Oct 20th at 7:00 pm I will be addressing the Gastonia Lions Club that meet at the Ryan's at Franklin Square.

I will be addressing the Unionville Lions in Union County on Oct. 26th at 7:00 pm.

Come out to any of the open events that fit your schedule. I would love to hear from you.

Terrorism Briefing


While in DC this past week, I attended a briefing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the recent string of terrorism arrests (IE -- Illinois, Denver/NYC, NC, Dallas). Sen. Joe Lieberman presided and FBI director Mueller and DHS Secretary Napolitano testified. Kind of cool, as John McCain attended briefly and the committees newest member Sen. Kirk, who replaced Ted Kennedy sat on the committee for the first time. I don't ususally write about briefings, but thought I would share this one because a photo of the briefing got picked up by the Washington Post. If you look behind Director Mueller (over his left shoulder), you will see Andy Polk of our office and next to him is me. I was checking my blackberry so I am glancing down.


Men's Shelter of Charlotte Grand Opening

This week, the Uptown Men's Shelter and the Emergency Winter Shelter officially formalized their proposed merger. The new Men's Shelter was unveiled and I had the privilege to help make welcoming remarks as I filled in for Sue who was in DC. Mecklenburg County Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts formally announced the name change from the two previous respective names to the new "Men's Shelter of Charlotte." The building was clean, large and impressive and will be a great addition to Charlotte and the people it aims to serve. Enjoy the photos.






Job Lead in Charlotte

A friend of mine told me of a specific job lead for the Charlotte area. I share it with you in case any of you are interested. Good luck.

Job Posting
Job ID: 6043769
Position Title: HR Manager
Company Name: Confidential
Company Industry: Services (profit)
Job Function: HR Generalist
Entry Level: No
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
Relocation Costs paid: None
Min Experience: 7-10 Years
Required Travel: 10-25%
Salary: 60000.00
Salary - High: 70000.00
Salary - Type: Yearly Salary
Location(s): Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Person:
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Email Address:
charlottepsi@juno.com
Phone:
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Fax:
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Job Description
Human Resources Manager for fast growing service business with annual sales of over $6M. Company has been in business since 1994. Current operations in 10 different states with nearly 400 employees.

Must understand the complexities and diversities of multi-site locations. Responsible for all aspects of Human Resources. Excellent knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Advance aptitude to communicate effectively and positively with internal and external sources. Identifies strategic human capital solutions that support current and future needs of business. Coaching, discipline, policy and procedure development and implementation. Complex problem resolution abilities as well as multi-tasking to accomplish successful/positive results. At least 7 years of managerial and Human Resource Generalist experience.