In Angela Lu's World Magazine column, Roaring Lambs, we learn about the 41 young men and women who "attended the fifth annual It Takes A Family (ITAF) conference to learn how to support traditional marriage."
Top of the list of the four conferees she profiles? Minnesota for Marriage's own Autumn Leva:
Autumn Leva, 28, has just gone through two defeats that were “devastating on a personal level.” She knew she was risking her budding law career [emphasis added] when she agreed to become the Minnesota for Marriage spokeswoman last fall—but after much prayer, she made the commitment. She worked to pass a Minnesota constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman—and lost. She worked to convince state legislators not to approve same-sex marriage—and she lost, facing off against 12 opposing lobbyists by herself [emphasis added] while taking up multiple roles in the short-staffed Minnesota for Marriage office. But she says, “It was all worth it.”
That's quite the interesting victim narrative and Bluestem suspects we'll hear forever about how poor Autumn gave up that "law career" for a lonely fight for the cause.
Public records suggest another the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board lists not one, but three registered lobbyists for Minnesota for Marriage on its website:
Association data for:
MN For Marriage
John Helmberger, Chairman
2355 Fairview Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
Association Number: 5873
Lobbyists Registered Registration
Crystal Crocker 3007 3/20/2013 Charles H Darrell 1746 4/25/2006 5/23/2011 Autumn Leva 2893 1/14/2013 Thomas W Prichard 8513 4/25/2006 5/23/2011 Thomas W Prichard 8513 1/14/2013 Yes
Moreover, both Leva and Prichard are also registered lobbyists for the Minnesota Family Council. Prichard is the designated lobbyist for both organizations, and has lobbied for the MFC since 1997.
A lamb? Sounds like there was some tough mutton along with Leva in the stew pot at Minnesota for Marriage.
And as far as "risking her budding legal career" goes, the August 1, 2012 announcement by Minnesota For Marriage, Minnesota for Marriage Hires Spokesperson, suggests that Leva was hired because she was on a firm political career track:
Minnesota for Marriage today announced the hiring of Autumn Leva to serve as a Spokesperson for the campaign to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. . . .
Leva relocated to Minnesota from Washington, D.C., where she worked extensively on issues related to marriage and the family on Capitol Hill. She earned her juris doctorate from Regent University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chuck Darrell, Director of Communications, said the following regarding Leva’s addition to the team: “We are thrilled to welcome Autumn both to Minnesota and to Minnesota for Marriage. She shares our commitment to preserve a common good for Minnesotans by protecting the time-tested definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Maybe "lamb" is short for Lamborn, since that "law career" appears to have been working for Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn, who joined Congress after a 2006 campaign that was castigated by the retiring Republican congressman as "one of the sleaziest, most dishonest campaigns I've seen in a long time" after the Christian Coalition of Colorado attacked an opponent for supporting gay rights. Lamborn is also known nationally for his placement of the term "tar baby" in close proximity to the president.
Her Link-In profile notes that she had previous experience at the United States House of Representatives and the Heritage Foundation. According to data in the Legistorm database, she served Lamborn's office from February 2011 through mid-July 2012.
In March 2011, Lamborn's office issued the following press release about her hiring, Lamborn Welcomes New Staff to DC and District Offices:
Autumn Leva is a new staff assistant in the Washington, DC office. Leva is a 2010 graduate of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated with high honors from the University of Montana in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
Leva, who is a member of the Virginia Bar, served as a summer associate at the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Prior to that, she spent a summer studying international human rights law in Strasbourg, France.
Leva, a Colorado native, graduated from Salida High School in 2003.
“I am excited to be part of an incredible team serving my friends and family in Colorado’s beautiful Fifth District! I have a passion for law and policy, serving others, and for Colorado. It is an honor to work for Congressman Lamborn.”- Autumn Leva . . .
The Heritage Foundation website notes that she was among the Heritage Congressional Fellows class of 2011. The conservative think tank describes this career enrichment program:
The Heritage Congressional Fellowship (HCF) is a year-long educational program for junior-level Capitol Hill staffers that focuses on the principles of conservatism, current issues, and skill improvement. With 34 staffers graduating this year (and 50 or so attending regular sessions each Friday), HCF provides quality instruction on America’s first principles and the most important issues of the day. . . .
In the Congressional Record, Lamborn saluted the departure of the University of Montana and Regent University graduate for her new job with Minnesota for Marriage.
What was the risk to her career? "he possibility of loss in the amendment vote? Moving to flyover land?
Or does giving up a promising career as a congressional aide just not have the traction in conservative Unbearable Victimization narratives.
World Magazine was founded by Joel Belz, a signer of "the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences." Apparently rule breaking includes relaxing journalistic standards about factual reporting.
Photo: Autumn Leva, a lost Colorado lamb grazing in Minnesota's lavender pastures.
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