Has Steve Yates exaggerated his employment history in the federal government?
A controversial debate appearance begs that we, one more time, look through the camouflage of Steve Yates’ narrative.
During the April 17, 2018 Lt. Governor candidates debate on Idaho Public Television, one of his Republican primary opponents stated Yates is a “pretender”. The point of contention dealt with Yates’ alternating claims about employment at the National Security Agency (NSA) and “service” (Yates’ word) at the Department of Defense (DOD).
The allegation brought against Yates by Senator Marv Hagedorn and, subsequently, various veterans groups and individuals, was that describing civilian employment at DOD as “service” misled the public into thinking Yates had served in the U.S. armed forces.
What’s the truth?
There is no evidence that Steve Yates ever served in the armed forces of the United States.
In an article profiling Steve Yates published December 30, 2016 in the Idaho Statesman newspaper, Yates detailed how he came to the NSA.
“Yates enrolled in an NSA-sponsored work-study program…” (Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, 2016)
“…started working for the NSA while finishing his degree in China studies at the University of Maryland.” (Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, 2016)
“…his Chinese fluency led to an offer to work as a language analyst while attending school.” (Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, 2016)
Work study programs are typically part of a college student’s financial aid package, providing wages for temporary, part-time work in addition to grants and subsidized loans. At the time, Yates was a student at the University of Maryland. It is very common for work-study positions to be filled at numerous federal bureaucratic agencies by students at colleges in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The timeline for his attendance at the University of Maryland appears to overlap with his claims, as referenced in his resume, for work study-based employment at the NSA.
In the current campaign, Yates’ version of events seems to have changed. In repeated campaign appearances, he claims, “I was recruited to public service at the NSA.” He has also alternatively stated he “served in the Department of Defense” regarding the same position. Yates substitutes “language analyst” with “intelligence analyst” even though there is a difference.
Voters may wonder, “is a work-study opportunity the equivalent of a permanent, full-time position?” The answer is, not hardly. Work study is considered even lower than an internship position.
Has Yates exaggerated his employment history in the federal government? You decide.
Holding a work-study position hardly qualifies one to hold high office.
The constantly shifting sand that is Yates’ narrative regarding his life before migrating to Idaho to pirate political office certainly obfuscates matters. Idaho voters deserve the truth.
Steve Yates, were you lying then to the Idaho Statesman, or are you lying now?
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