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Fearless and Free by Wendy Sachs

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CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE FIRED!

I’VE BEEN FIRED—MORE THAN ONCE. The first time was during the first Clinton Administration, when I was a Capitol Hill press secretary working for US Congressman Peter DeFazio from Oregon. I had left another press secretary job with US Congressman Peter Deutsch from South Florida after a year and a half to join DeFazio’s team. Making only $20,000 a year with Deutsch, the raise to $25,000 was incentive enough to switch Peters. I had college loans to pay, was completely on my own financially, and was living with my boyfriend who was paying our rent.

What I didn’t realize when I took the gig was that DeFazio was more ...

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