TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the campaign of Democrat Andy Kim, an Obama era bureaucrat who hopes to unseat Republican Tom MacArthur this fall in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
First? He got caught in an alleged attempt to circumvent District of Columbia tax regulations to get a property tax break on his D.C. condo even after he moved and registered to vote in New Jersey.
Next? Something in his resume isn’t adding up.
Specifically, Kim is claiming to have served as a “strategic advisor” to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan back in early 2011 but, later in 2011, he claims to have been a simple “Notetaker.” That’s according to information in State Department emails obtained by the MacArthur campaign through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
How Kim went from an adviser to America’s most senior military leaders to a low-ranking “notetaker” in a mere matter of months is made all the more strange, says MacArthur’s campaign, by the fact that Kim isn’t mentioned in the biography penned by Petraeus’s mistress; moreover, despite the fact that he claimed “helping to coordinate the war against ISIS” in 2013, a Politico report identified Kim as a “relatively junior national security aide” in 2014.
MacArthur’s camp sent a second FOIA request to the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) for clarification; OPM responded on March 7, 2018 in writing: “[There are] 61 Andrew Kim’s…none have these credentials.”
“Andy Kim has already been caught lying about where he lived so he could illegally qualify for a substantial property tax break, and now it appears he is exaggerating his professional resume,” said MacArthur strategist and veteran Republican consultant Chris Russell. “Andy Kim is attempting to fool people into thinking he was a high-ranking military advisor directing foreign wars alongside our top generals, when the evidence seems to indicate that he was little more than a low-level bureaucrat charged with keeping notes. It’s time Andy Kim comes clean about the facts surrounding his time in the Obama Administration and releases his own personnel records so the public can match them up accordingly with the claims he is making on the campaign trail.”