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White House Counsel Don McGahn’s Delaware ties

The most influential lawyer in the country spent three years in the early 1990’s studying law here in Delaware, at the Concord Pike campus of Delaware Law School, then called Widener Law School.  A lengthy article in the New York Times Magazine detailing McGahn’s pivotal role in appointing federal court judges (as well as a separate profile of McGahn tied to revelations he provided more than 30 hours of testimony to Independent Counsel Robert Meuller) reports that the White House counsel attended Widener, failing to mention the school’s main campus is in Delaware and taking a shot along the way.

“McGahn, himself a member of the Federalist Society, hadn’t attended an Ivy League law school,” the Times sniffed, “… he went to Widener University, a “second-tier” law school in Pennsylvania.”

Foster Friess and his wife launched the successful Friess Associates investment management firm in Delaware in 1974.

Legendary Local Investor Foster Friess Just Misses in Wyoming

Famed stock picker and GOP “megadonor” Foster Friess came up short in his bid to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Wyoming, losing to state treasurer Mark Gordon by six percentage points in last week’s primary election.  Friess significantly outspent his opponent and received the endorsement of President Trump, but his campaign struggled to overcome the investor’s “late arrival” to local politics in the Cowboy State.

From Foster Friess’ campaign website

The success of Friess’ Greenville-based Friess Associates and its Brandywine Funds made the Wisconsin-born investor a wealthy national player in the GOP, and a major donor to conservative campaigns and causes.  The 78-year-old Friess’s first run for office had the support of conservative national politicians including former US Senator Rick Santorum and Kentucky’s Rand Paul.

Carper and Coons Pay Tribute to John McCain

Delaware’s United States Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons both spoke about the passing of their colleague John McCain over the weekend.

Sens. Chris Coons, Joe Lieberman and John McCain holding a news conference in Syria – Dec 2012. Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

“Today, our nation lost a true hero,” said Carper.  “While we have had a little over a year to prepare for this moment, time has not made preparing for this great loss any easier. I was privileged to serve with John McCain for several years, first in the House of Representatives and then for the past 17 years in the Senate. As freshman congressmen, he and I bonded over having both served in the Navy at the same time in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Later we worked on recovering the missing remains of our fallen soldiers, and our efforts, along with the efforts of others, led to normalized relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.  He walked out of step when it was the right thing to do, he put his country above party, and we could use more leaders like him in public service. There will never be another man like John, he was truly an American original. But I hope in our own way we can all strive to be more like him.”

Senator Coons tweeted, “Tonight, our country lost one of its best, most faithful servants. I have rarely met someone who cared so deeply, sacrificed so much, and represented the best of the United States of America like John McCain. From his service in the United States Navy to his nearly four decades in Congress, John McCain literally lived a life of service to this country, and our nation is better for it. Traveling with John to a dozen countries, including to a refugee camp in Jordan, a military base in Afghanistan and to the Hỏa Lò Prison in Hanoi, where he was tortured as a POW for more than five years, has taught me about America’s roles and responsibilities in the world.  The ways in which he fought for human rights, against torture, for campaign finance reform, for immigration – even when those were positions that went against the majority of his party – are things I think he should be remembered and honored for.”

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