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Between the official announcements and guest lists, congressional staffers took to Twitter to make their final digs - and give their honest thoughts - before live-tweeting begins in earnest during tonight's State of the Union address.
Staffers and their bosses tweeted "SOTU" more than 350 times since last week by midday Tuesday, with more pouring in throughout the day.
From the Republican camp:
Amanda Carpenter, Communications Director, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):
"Obama sitting down with YouTube personalities post-SOTU? Confirms my idea earlier. This is Seinfeld SOTU. A speech about nothing, a joke."
Rainey Sewell, Staff Assistant, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.):
"Game plan for #SOTU tonight: listen to Obama, watch VP Biden for funny faces, occasionally check to see how unimpressed Boehner looks."
Nathan Cox, Constituent Services Representative, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) in a reply:
"Based on Twitter this morning, this may be the least watched #SOTU since Washington mailed it in."
Heba Abdelaal, Legislative Correspondent, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.):
"When the #SOTU is an event requiring significant prep and endless research.. #HillStaffProbs"
From the Democrats:
Kirsten Hartman, Press Secretary, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas):
"Joni Ernst's feelings about giving the #SOTU response: https://t.co/nekWmGVIKt"
Julissa Santoy, Legislative Correspondent, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.):
"#SOTU on the mind today. ALL day. #LifeOnTheHill #DC #CapitolHill"
Jennifer Storipan, Legislative Director/Counsel, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio):
"Happy #SOTU Day! We've seen a preview of @BarackObama speech this past week. Looking forward to tonight's delivery."
John McCarthy, Special Assistant, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
"Wondering what a @Pontifex #SOTU would look like? (I was) Check out @gehringdc's take at @NCROnline http://t.co/SEbk0FRQRQ "
A registered lobbyist with TechAmerica has become Rep. Randy Forbes' (R-Va.) new judiciary legislative assistant.
Burak Guvensoylar was federal government relations manager at TechAmerica from 2011 until December, joining Forbes' office in January. He handles law, immigration, telecommunications and crime and law enforcement issues in his new job with Forbes.
Guvensoylar lobbied Congress on a range of topics, including education technology and student data privacy, reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and trade in the technology industry, according to lobbying filings. TechAmerica is a trade association that lobbies on behalf of the technology industry in Washington and across the U.S.
During an initial stint on the Hill in 2011, Guvensoylar also served as an intern in the office of Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's in political science in 2010.
A legislative aide in Rep. John Carney's (D-Del.) office has left and registered to lobby for the National Guard Association of the United States.
Matt Pincus started on the Hill in Carney's office in 2012 as a legislative correspondent and staff assistant, but now serves as legislative manager for Air Guard programs at the lobbying organization. He has filed lobbying papers for the first time, registering to lobby on defense issues including the National Defense Authorization Act.
Pincus became passionate about the Guard during his time in Carney's office, according to a NGAUS press release. He said he plans to use his Capitol Hill network to lobby for the Guard.
The former staffer has a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and a master's in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.
A staffer who was tax counsel and legislative director in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) until December has filed her first lobbying registration.
Rachel Stanley Nguyen started this month as assistant vice president of federal government relations at Principal Financial Group after three years working for Kind, beginning as a legislative assistant. She has registered to lobby on retirement and tax issues.
Stanley Nguyen last worked in the private sector in 2011 when she was state tax editor at Bloomberg BNA. She has an LLM in taxation from New York University's School of Law, a JD in tax and estate planning from the Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor's in English and German from Whitman College.
A new policy adviser in the office of Hawaii Democrat Sen. Brian Schatz spent more than a decade - and most of her career - as a lobbyist for several tech companies.
Melika Carroll joined Intel Corp. in 1998 as European government affairs manager after completing her master's degree at the College of Europe. She registered to lobby for Intel beginning in 2002, rising to director of international trade policy, before moving to do government affairs work at Micron Technology Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.
Carroll comes to Schatz's office after a stint at Salesforce.com, where she was also a registered lobbyist. At Salesforce, Carroll most recently registered to lobby on cross-border data flow, cybersecurity and patent reform.
The new staffer has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
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