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University Tells Former Trump Official to Get Back to Work

Gavin Clarkson initially took a leave of absence to join the administration.

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Drew Gerber
March 5, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Former Trump administration official Gavin Clarkson (R) “says his university is trying to fire him for seeking the seat. … Clarkson, a business law professor at New Mexico State University, said this week the school told him that his leave of absence had been revoked and his employment would be terminated if he didn’t return to work. The Republican said he requested a leave of absence until January 2020 after he was appointed to a Bureau of Indian Affairs position. ‘The letter granting my leave did not specify that the leave was contingent on anything or subject to revocation,’ Clarkson said in a statement. But Clarkson resigned from the agency last year following a harsh inspector general report into the loan program he directed, according to stories by ProPublica and The Washington Post. Clarkson called the reports ‘fake news’ and said he stepped down to run for Congress.”

Clarkson faces state Rep. Yvette Herrell (R), former Hobbs mayor Monty Newman (R), and digital marketer Clayburn Griffin (R) in the primary. (AP)

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