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Mar 26 2014

Bernadette Semple: The Makings of a Congresswoman



Bernadette Semple has the makings of a Congresswoman.

Top Secret.

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.


Congressman Meeks advocated for bin Laden ally

Records show Rep. Gregory Meeks took six Carribean trips with wife – on the tab of con artist

Rep. Gregory Meeks Investigated Over $40,000 ‘Gift’


Rep. Gregory Meeks cleared in House Ethics Committee loan probe


Pol’s ‘crooked’ pals

More to follow.


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Mar 21 2014

Navy Veteran Aims To Replace Malcolm Smith


She has a nice outsider’s vibe.

Let the journey begin.

Navy combat veteran and cyber security expert, Bernadette Semple is ready to lead once again with her first foray into politics: battling Malcolm Smith as well as two attorneys in a heated primary for control of SD 14 in south Queens. Oh, did we mention Leroy Comrie is also a possibility?

Read more about her below.

[From NYDN] A 48-year-old Navy veteran who saw combat in the Horn of Africa is wading into the hostile waters of southeastern Queens politics.

Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple has added her name to the growing field of candidates planning to take on embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary.

“This district needs a fresh start,” said Semple, who grew up in the Astoria Houses before her family moved to Laurelton.

“You have some people who are greedy and selfish,” Semple said, without naming names. “They only want to help their friends and certain interest groups.”

Semple, one of 10 children, said her biggest strength is that she is “not a politician.”

It’s been almost a year since Smith was arrested by federal authorities for his role in a scheme to bribe GOP officials to back him in a potential Mayoral bid. He pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this year, Smith announced he would be seeking re-election.

For the full article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/navy-vet-bid-office-queens-article-1.1724873



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