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Camille Andrews

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Camille Spinello Andrews (born November 26, 1959[1]) is an American academic and Democratic Party politician.[2]

Academic career

Andrews was the Associate Dean of Enrollment and Projects of the Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.[3] In May 2012, Andrews was the subject of criticism by bloggers and the non-profit Law School Transparency for sending prospective students recruitment information that cited favorable employment statistics.[4] Law School Transparency said these employment statistics were misleading and called for Dean Andrews' resignation.[5] Dean Rayman Solomon of Rutgers-Camden Law defended Andrews, called the material in question "accurate" and disagreed with Law School Transparency's interpretation of the data.[5]

Politics

Andrews is the wife of Rob Andrews, who served as the district's Representative from 1990 to 2014. In 2008 Rob Andrews was criticized by political opponents for having directed over $2 million dollars in federal earmarks to Andrews' university.[6] However, both the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the law school's internal council have asserted that there was no conflict of interest, on the grounds that Andrews' status as an employee was not affected by the granting of the earmarks.[6]

In 2008, when Rob Andrews was challenging the incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic primary and could not simultaneously run for the House, Camille Andrews sought the Democratic nomination for her husband's House seat. Andrews won the House primary while her husband lost the Senate primary to Lautenberg.[7] After losing to Lautenberg, Rob Andrews decided to run for re-election to his House seat; Camille withdrew her candidacy on September 3, and Rob Andrews announced that on September 4 that he would take her place as the Democratic candidate. He maintained that his wife had not been merely a placeholder candidate and said that he had only decided to run for re-election a week before he announced it; according to Andrews, his change of heart was a result of personal reflection.[8]

In 2012 Andrews served as the compliance officer for her husband's campaign who signed off on paying $30,000 for a family trip to Scotland, including a stay at a five-star hotel, with campaign funds.[9]

Personal life

Andrews and her husband reside in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and have two daughters.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://www.martindale.com/Search_Tools/Law_Schools/schl1292.aspx
  2. ^ Margolin, Josh; Schwaneberg, Robert (2008-04-08), "Camille Andrews: I'm running for real", Newark Star Ledger, retrieved 2008-05-17 
  3. ^ a b "Camille Spinello Andrews". Rutgers Law: Faculty, Staff and Administration Directory. Rutgers University. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ http://abovethelaw.com/2012/05/law-school-sales-pitch-doubles-down-on-the-getting-rich-rationale-for-law-school/
  5. ^ a b Smith, Mitch (May 22, 2012). "Group seeks resignation of Rutgers-Camden Law official". Inside Higher Education. 
  6. ^ a b Burton, Cynthia (2008-05-14). "Andrews defends earmarks for wife's school". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 1, 2013. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  7. ^ Confessore, Nicholas (September 4, 2008). "Congressman Seeks to Replace Wife on Ballot". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Wife bows out, so Rep. Andrews can run", UPI, September 4, 2008.
  9. ^ Rebovich, Missy (September 12, 2012). "Morning news digest: September 12, 2012". Observer. 

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