Sep 05, 2018

Jessica Morse’s Resume Fiasco: 3 Strikes, You’re Out

Roseville, CA - Today, the Sacramento Bee highlighted the most recent rejection of Jessica Morse’s ballot designation. 

Morse has tried not once or twice, but three times to exaggerate her resume and qualifications on the ballot. After her ballot titles were rejected in the primary, she was the subject of a story in the Sacramento Bee that concluded Morse wasn’t being truthful about her work experience.

This is yet another example of Morse’s difficulties with the telling the truth.  


Democratic congressional candidate Jessica Morse will appear on the November ballot as a “Candidate for Congress,” which wasn’t her first, second or even third choice of ballot designation.

The former State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget analyst sought to be described as a “national security consultant” on the general election ballot, similar to the “national security strategist” label she proposed for the primary ballot.

The designation system is unique to California and often used for political wrangling, as candidates hope to sway voters who may know little else about them. For Morse, who is challenging Republican Rep. Tom McClintock in the 4th District, the main problem is that she hasn’t worked full-time in international affairs since 2015. When her proposed ballot designations in the primary were denied, she decided to appear on the ballot without a description.

Since the denial in March, Morse has signed on as a consultant with Servant, Leader, Citizen Consulting in Southern California. Her contract, which she submitted while applying for the “national security consultant” designation, was effective as of July 27 and expires at the end of the year. But the part-time gig focused on providing security and counterterrorism consulting for the nonprofit sector still wasn’t enough to convince state officials that “national security consultant” is an appropriate description of her primary profession.

They also denied her alternative designation proposals of “national security professional” and “businesswoman/security advisor,” according to a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office. Morse’s campaign did not respond to questions about the nature of Morse’s consulting job or her decision to take on the work in the midst of a congressional campaign.



Tom McClintock