Phony Claims

In early 2011, Andy Kim claims he was a “strategic adviser” to America’s top generals in Afghanistan.  But later that year, official government records list Kim as a  low-level “notetaker” in Washington, D.C.

Kim even claimed on his web site – before deleting the information – that he helped “lead a global war against ISIS” in 2013, but national news reports refer to Kim as a “relatively junior national security aide” in 2014.

Who is the real Andy Kim?

Known tax cheat now caught exaggerating resume according to public records

Toms River, May 11, 2018 – A comparison of publicly available records and news reports are at odds with the campaign biography promoted by tax cheat Andy Kim and his allies, charged the MacArthur for Congress campaign today.

Specifically, the MacArthur campaign wants to know more about how Andy Kim was a “strategic advisor”[1] to Commanding Generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan in early 2011 during his brief time in Kabul, yet later that same year he is listed as a “Notetaker” in State Department emails[2] made available through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Kim’s role as a “Notetaker” would make him the lowest ranking staffer in the room months after he claimed to be closely advising America’s top generals on how to defeat ISIS in Afghanistan.  Furthermore, despite his claims of proximity to Petraeus, Kim isn’t discussed in the extensive Petraeus biography penned by his mistress, Paula Broadwell, and the Washington Post’s Vernon Loeb[3].  A curious omission for someone who claimed to be so close to the General.

Moreover, while Kim claims he was “helping to coordinate the war against ISIS” starting in 2013, an extensive Politico report refers to him as a “relatively junior national security aide” in 2014. [4]

In seeking clarification of the issue, the MacArthur campaign made another FOIA request to the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), seeking to confirm the accuracy of Andy Kim’s campaign and professional biographies as described on his own LinkedIn page.

A written response from OPM on March 7, 2018 seeking more information stated: “[There are] 61 Andrew Kim’s…none have these credentials.”[5]

“Andy Kim has already been caught lying about where he lived so he could illegally qualify for a substantial property tax break, and now it appears he is exaggerating his professional resume,” said MacArthur strategist Chris Russell.  “Andy Kim is attempting to fool people into thinking he was a high-ranking military advisor directing foreign wars alongside our top generals, when the evidence seems to indicate that he was little more than a low-level bureaucrat charged with keeping notes.  It’s time Andy Kim comes clean about the facts surrounding his time in the Obama Administration and releases his own personnel records so the public can match them up accordingly with the claims he is making on the campaign trail.”


[2] Attached email from December 11, 2011 available upon request.



[5] Attached letter available upon request.  Typed response from OPM has been requested by the campaign.

Andy Kim significantly tones down military credentials as questions about his resume intensify

MacArthur campaign says from illegal tax break to ever-changing resume, Kim’s serial dishonesty becoming an issue for voters

Toms River, May 14, 2018 – Just days after Andy Kim failed to explain how he went from allegedly standing side-by-side with America’s top generals in Afghanistan to a low-level “Notetaker” at staff meetings back in Washington, D.C. in the span of just a few months, multiple screen shots of Kim’s campaign biography shows a deliberate toning down of his credentials as questions started to arise about his resume.

Kim’s previous public biographies were clearly intended to give readers the sense that he was a high-level military strategist, even going so far as to say he helped “build a strong military” and “designed…strategy for war” and helped “lead a global war against ISIS.”

Yet, on Kim’s newly sanitized biography, which currently adorns his web site, the war rhetoric is completely gone, as are the exalted claims about him designing military strategies or leading wars against terrorism.  Now, he “worked at the White House” and “advised” people.

What happened?

“Who is the real Andy Kim?” asked MacArthur strategist Chris Russell.  “Was he a high-level military strategist who needs to take responsibility for the Obama Administration’s failed war against ISIS that allowed the genocide of thousands in the Middle East?  Or was he a ‘Notetaker’ and ‘relatively junior national security aide’ now running for Congress with a puffed up resume?  Given that he’s already been caught lying about where he lived to cheat on his property taxes, one thing is crystal clear: Andy Kim has a problem with the truth and voters should question every single thing that comes out of his mouth.”

Screenshots of Kim’s ever-changing biography on the follow pages.

Andy Kim current web site claim:

“I worked at the White House on countering terrorism and protecting our country, advised the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon on national security, and I served in Afghanistan as a strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen.”

Andy Kim previous claim on Web Site:

From the White House, I helped our nation lead a global war against ISIS, from our military headquarters in Afghanistan I served as a strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen, and from the Pentagon I helped our nation build a strong military…”

Andy Kim claims on his CrowdPAC bio:

“I am proud to have served my country from the war zone of Afghanistan…I had the honor to serve at the White House as the Director for Iraq at the National Security Council helping to coordinate the war against ISIS.  I helped design our nation’s strategy for war to stop ISIS from committing genocide against tens of thousands of people.”

(Sources: Andy Kim campaign Web Site; Declassified State Department email chain, 12/11/11; Andy Kim campaign Web Site; Politico, “At war over Obama’s new war in Iraq,” 11/9/14)

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