For those of you following the race to replace state Sen. Malcolm Smith you probably heard of Queens native, Bernadette Semple, but chances are you haven’t heard of her in politics until recently, but that’s just part of what makes her stand out from the crowd, except not for the office the Daily News claims she’s running for.
Semple, a Navy Veteran, comes to the political gates as an outsider, but what she lacks in traditional political experience, her 16 year record of service to the country more than makes up for it.
She’s definitely not your average veteran.
From serving in the Horn of Africa to Operation Enduring Freedom, where she directed a 136-member team composed of both civilian and military personnel as chief Security Officer, her accolades are many, include handling multi-million dollar budgets on the front lines against cyber terrorism while gaining invaluable experience with intergovernmental relations.
She knows her way around DC.
Semple’s credentials for federal office become even more clear when considering that she was approved for Top Secret Security clearance — the highest clearance determined by the US Government that a person is eligible for access to classified information.
Simply stated: Even the government trusts Bernadette Semple. So when the Daily News ran a story proclaiming that she’s running for state Senate to replace Malcolm Smith, we couldn’t help but feel what a loss for Congress! Or is it?
Currently, Semple is a Fellow at the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, a non-profit organization with a mission “to provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.” In other words, she’s a cyber security expert, so while the country is constantly under cyber attack (literally everyday), she’s been busy safeguarding the nation from cyber terrorists while Congressman Meeks chatted with the late Hugo Chavez.
One thing is certain, and we’re not talking about chances of victory, but rather mentioning that the level of absolute trust the feds place in Semple would be a great starting point for a candidate looking to restore integrity to an office seriously tainted by the misconduct of Congressman Meeks.
More to follow.