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keta11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:32 PM
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McGreevey adviser Golan Cipel resigns (rumored lover)
McGreevey adviser Golan Cipel resigns


Home News Tribune/2002

Published in the Home News Tribune 8/15/02
By BOB INGLE
GANNETT STATE BUREAU

TRENTON -- Golan Cipel, the controversial and highly paid adviser to Gov. James E. McGreevey, has resigned for personal reasons, the Governor's Office said yesterday.

Paul Aronsohn, communications director for McGreevey, said Cipel told McGreevey Tuesday he wanted to leave his job. "The governor accepted it with regret," Aronsohn said.

McGreevey was traveling and unavailable for interviews.

"I have received offers from private companies which I have decided to pursue. I thank the governor for his support and the opportunity to work for New Jersey," Cipel said in a statement issued by McGreevey's staff yesterday.

Asked whether Cipel's position would be filled and whether his three assistants would be retained, Aronsohn replied, "We will review our needs."

http://www.thnt.com/thnt/story/0,21282,602598,00.html
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:33 PM
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1. i guess he isn't suing McGreevey for anything then
so is it someone else or just a rumor ?

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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:34 PM
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3. No
Cipel resigned quite awhile ago. By all reports, he is suing McGreevey. Details should be out in a day or two.
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liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:34 PM
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4. Check the date: 8/15/02
This is related to Cipel originally resigning back in '02. Now, apparently he's suing McGreevey.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:35 PM
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5. oops, ok, i didn't even notice that
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:37 PM
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6. He is suing him for sexual harassment.
Edited on Thu Aug-12-04 04:37 PM by goodhue
Its likely a matter of employment discrimination broadly speaking.
This resignation story was four weeks ago.
The lawsuit was filed today, prompting resignation.
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:34 PM
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2. yes this is key story from 4 weeks ago
More details . . .

http://www.thnt.com/thnt/story/0,21282,602598,00.html

Cipel, 33, an Israeli citizen, was originally hired as McGreevey's lead security adviser in February. He resigned in March after questions about his background, but was kept on the government payroll at $110,000 a year.

The administration declined to give a formal job description or allow Cipel to be interviewed by the media.

McGreevey has said he met Cipel on a trip to Israel in 2000 and decided to bring him to the United States. Cipel was first hired by the Democratic State Committee, which also paid his $1,100 registration fee with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

* * *

Following McGreevey's election, he announced Cipel would focus on homeland security though Cipel couldn't get a federal security clearance because he is not an American.

Lawmakers were angry that McGreevey's top security aide was not subjected to a background check required for all Cabinet members and major nominations. When members of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded that Cipel testify before them, McGreevey reassigned him to a job as "counselor to the governor" with no specified duties.

http://www.thnt.com/thnt/story/0,21282,602598,00.html
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 06:59 PM
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13. sorry, I should have said TWO years ago
eom
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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:42 PM
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7. So there is something up with this...
When I first heard the news I didn't understand why he resigned. Yeah, sure, he did have an affair (so does a lot of politicians, big deal) and he is gay (so what?).

But there is probably something shady besides the gay affair. Gay affair is not enough to make a governor resign.
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:44 PM
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8. I want to know who is working for now
And how much that person/company donated to McGreevey. 2:5 says they are one of his top ten donors.
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:50 PM
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9. Cipel now works from the MWW Group
http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,609543,00.html

Cipel hired by PR firm



Published in the Home News Tribune 8/30/02
By SANDY McCLURE
GANNETT STATE BUREAU

TRENTON -- Gov. James E. McGreevey's controversial Israeli adviser has been hired by the MWW Group, a large public-relations and lobbying firm based in East Rutherford.

Golan Cipel, who served his last day as McGreevey's adviser Wednesday, will begin his new job as a public-relations vice president Tuesday, according to Bob Sommer, executive vice president of MWW.

Cipel turned in his resignation Aug. 13 (sic) and quickly departed his Statehouse offices. His departure followed a Gannett report that revealed McGreevey had exaggerated Cipel's anti-terrorism credentials to justify his hiring as a homeland security adviser.

Even after McGreevey switched Cipel from homeland security to a general high-level adviser, questions continued about what the Israeli did for his $110,000 salary and why the governor had hired him.

Sommer declined to say what Cipel's new salary will be.

* * *

http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,609543,00.html
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 04:58 PM
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10. He became a lobbyist....
Well, there is no reason to suspect that anything dirty was going on in a lobbyist's office.
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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 05:02 PM
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11. exactly what they were looking for apparently . . .
http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,609543,00.html

Asked whether MWW Group was concerned about the controversy surrounding Cipel, Sommer said, "Based on his intellect and his personality and, frankly, his resume, he is exactly the person we need to fill the needs that we have had in our public affairs and our Israeli practice."

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goodhue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-04 06:04 PM
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12. kick for the back story
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