CA Secretary of State Rejects Jessica Morse’s Ballot Designation of “National Security Strategist”

New Designation Challenged in Court; Hearing Set for Mar. 28

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March 26, 2018 (Rocklin, CA) – After months of controversy over Democratic congressional candidate Jessica Morse’s resume, the California Secretary of State has rejected her requested ballot designation of “National Security Strategist.” The Secretary of State also rejected Morse’s proposed alternative designations of “National Security Advisor” and “National Security Specialist.”

Morse’s fourth-choice designation of “National Security Fellow” is now being challenged in court by congressional candidate Regina Bateson. Morse and Bateson are vying to replace Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in California’s 4th Congressional District.

The legal complaint argues that “Ms. Morse’s ballot designation and alternative designations are false, misleading, and violate the Elections Code” because “she has not worked in the area of national security since at least 2015. Instead, she left government employment in that year to become a self-described ‘starving artist’ and has not held compensated employment since November 2016.” The case will be heard in Sacramento Superior Court at 1:30 pm on Mar. 28.

“In this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news,’ honesty and transparency are more important than ever,” said Bateson campaign manager Emma Lindsey-Severns. “The hardworking people of the 4th District deserve to know who they are voting for. They are entitled to accurate information about the candidates seeking to represent them.”

In documents submitted to justify her ballot designation, Jessica Morse’s own resume indicates that she was last formally employed in 2016, when she worked briefly as a field organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party. Morse’s personal financial disclosure lists no other earned income for 2016 or 2017. Documents submitted to the court show that Morse quit her job at USAID in 2015. The complaint states that “this was, by all accounts, the last steady job Ms. Morse held.”

In February, the Sacramento Bee launched an independent investigation into Morse’s professional qualifications. The Bee found that on the campaign trail, Morse has been making “claims about her experience [that] are misleading or stretch the truth.”

#TeamBateson has long enjoyed the most grassroots support in the 4th District, leading the pack in volunteer sign-ups, in-district fundraising, and support from community leaders. The Bateson campaign recently opened its headquarters at 5050 Rocklin Rd., Suite A20.

Bateson, an award-winning researcher who specializes in military and security affairs, lives in Roseville with her husband and three children.


For More Information Contact:

Emma Lindsey-Severns
Campaign Manager, Bateson For Congress
1 (916) 547-1944