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Ricky Gill

Ricky Gill

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RICKY GILL
 
Ricky Gill isn’t qualified to be a Congressman. In fact, he has never even held a real job. In an attempt to compensate  for this obvious shortcoming, Gill has repeatedly inflated his resume to the press and the public in an effort to appear more experienced and qualified than he actually is. This includes repeatedly exaggerating his involvement with internships and summer jobs.
Resume Inflation
Ricky Gill Appears to Overstate His Accomplishments.
In a July 2011 press release, the Gillcampaign wrote of Ricky Gill, “Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County, born and raised in Lodi,California. The son of immigrant parents, Ricky is a small business owner, a family farmer, and aformer member of the California State Board of Education whose story speaks to the power of the American dream. Ricky grew up helping manage his family’s vineyard operation and serving thecommunity as chair of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission. He has played an integral role inhis family’s small business, which employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley, for several years. In2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the California State Board of Education, where he servedas the sole representative of more than six million public school students. He subsequently served asan adviser to the California Secretary of Education. Ricky now serves as a member of the Lodi Boys& Girls Club Board of Directors. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, he will sooncomplete his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley.” [Gill Campaign Press Release,7/6/11 ]
GILL HAS NEVER HELD A FULL-TIME JOB
San Francisco Chronicle: “Gill Has Never Held Elective Office Before. He’s Never EvenHeld a Full-Time Job.”
 According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Gill has never held electiveoffice before. He’s never even held a full-time job; he’s currently in his final year of law school at UCBerkeley.” [The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/17/11]
San Francisco Chronicle: Gill’s Parents’ OB/GYN Group Contributed to his NameRecognition “Far Beyond his Own Resume.”
 According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “HisIndian-born parents lead an obstetrics and gynecology medical group in Stockton that has deliveredmore than 70,000 babies in the region over the past few decades, an entree which has given their sonname recognition far beyond his own resume.” [The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/17/11]
Contra Costa Times Columnist: Gill Exaggerated his Work Experience.
According to ContraCosta Times columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen, “Outside his [Gill’s] exaggerated descriptions of hisinternships and a research assistant’s job, as reported recently by The Associated Press, the young 
 
man’s primary work experience has been in his family’s businesses, where it is almost impossible foroutsiders to gauge his level of responsibility and duties.” [Contra Costa Times Columnist,4/14/12 ]
 AUDIO: NPR Said Gill Has Spent Entire Adult Life in College and Law School.
In 2012,NPR reported that “On the ballot, Gill is listed as a small businessman and farmer, though he's spent virtually his entire adult life in college and law school.” [NPR,6/1/12 ]
 
GILL THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER 
Gill has repeatedly claimed on the stump to be intimately involved in his family business – and indirectly suggested that his business experience qualifies him for Congress. His personal financial disclosure confirms that he is a part-owner in his family business, however, the over five years that Gill has served as a “Director” of his family business have been spent out of San Joaquin – mostly as a student at either Princeton University or at the University of California at Berkeley.
Claims
Gill Claimed to be a “Small Business Owner.”
Gill, according to his campaign biography, playedan essential role on his family farm. From the campaign website, “Ricky is a small business owner who has played an integral role in his family's small business for years. From his early involvement with the agricultural side of his family business to his later role in ownership and management of adiverse enterprise that employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley, Ricky understands that smallbusiness is the engine of economic growth and job creation in this country. Ricky's businessexperience in the local agriculture industry and in beverage exports uniquely positions him torepresent the 9th District on matters of trade and regulatory policy.” [Gill Campaign Biography,accessed2/22/12 ]
Gill Claimed He Played an “Integral Role” in his Family Business for “Years.”
Gill, according to his campaign biography, played an essential role on his family farm. From the campaign website,“Ricky is a small business owner who has played an integral role in his family’s small business foryears. From his early involvement with the agricultural side of his family business to his later role inownership and management of a diverse enterprise that employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley,Ricky understands that small business is the engine of economic growth and job creation in thiscountry. Ricky's business experience in the local agriculture industry and in beverage exports uniquely positions him to represent the 9th District on matters of trade and regulatory policy.” [Gill CampaignBiography, accessed2/22/12 ]
 AUDIO: Gill: Unlike my Opponent, I Know what it is Like to Create a Job in thisCommunity.
In January 2012, Gill said, “My opponent likes to demagogue my age. He likes toequate it with inexperience, but I think that’s a faulty premise. I’m a young guy, but I served on theState Board of Education. And, unlike my opponent, know what it’s like to create a job in thiscommunity. Not only [do I have the] experience of living here, but agricultural and small business isimportant. And we know those pressures. I know those pressures.” [YouTube, uploaded1/13/12 ]
Facts
Contra Costa Times Columnist: Impossible to Gauge Gill’s Responsibility and Duties in HisFamily’s Businesses.
According to Contra Costa Times columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen, “Outsidehis exaggerated descriptions of his internships and a research assistant’s job, as reported recently by  The Associated Press, the young man’s primary work experience has been in his family’s businesses,
 
 where it is almost impossible for outsiders to gauge his level of responsibility and duties. […] Hisparents refuse to talk to media about their businesses or the campaign, an odd strategy when theirson’s qualifications to serve in Congress are inextricably linked to the opportunities they haveadmirably fostered.” [Contra Costa Times Columnist,4/14/12 ]
U.S. SENATE “EXPERIENCE”
Claims
Gill Called Sen. Bill Frist “a Friend.”
According to India-West, “He spent the summer of 2006 working for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., whom Gill calls ‘a friend.’ Hereceived his undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Publicand International Affairs. While attending Princeton, his adviser for his senior thesis was Professor Jim Leach, a former GOP member of Congress from Ohio.” [India-West, 5/20/11]
 VIDEO: Gill Called Sen. Bill Frist a “Mentor,” Claimed he Worked with Frist on No ChildLeft Behind Authorization.
In March 2011, Gill said, “And the third is, I’m pretty proud of theexperience I’ve got. I’ve served on the State Board of Education. I’ve got mentors who have takenme under their wing. In a way that makes this not unreasonable. One of them is Senator Bill Frist.He used to be the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. He was a senator from Tennessee. [I] worked with him one summer on No Child Left Behind reauthorization. We started that conversation; it’snow happening in congress.” [YouTube,3/5/11 ]
Facts
Gill Timeline Stated Gill Interned for the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, &Pensions in the Summer of 2006.
From the Gill campaign website’s “Timeline,” “SUMMER 2006:Interns for Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health,Education, Labor & Pensions.” [Gill Campaign Timeline (Page since removed: saved copy available),accessed2/22/12 ]
CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Claims
 VIDEO: Gill: Gov. Schwarzenegger Called Me Up and Asked Me to Represent Seven MillionStudents.
In November 2011, Gill said that, although he was young, he had a number of professional accomplishments to his name. Gill said, “What I can control was what I’ve done inthose years. And you know what? While I was young now, I was young when I was on the StateBoard of Education. I’ll never forget when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called me up and said,‘You know what Ricky? I want you to represent seven million public school students because youcare.’ And you know what? I fulfilled that mission. I was on State Board of Education we fought –  we had this conversation earlier – we kept the high school exit examination in place. That was atough decision. That required leadership. I was a young person when that happened. I was a young  when I worked with the U.S. Senate Majority Leader on education policy. I was young when I worked with the Oakland Athletics – as a Giants fan I did that. I was young when I did that, and Ifelt that Major League Baseball team limit their liability exposure. We fought off frivolous litigation.”[YouTube, uploaded12/16/11 ]

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