Sara Jacobs (in Cosmopolitan) says she’s a “Charlotte” — a term Urban Dictionary defines in so many ways, flattering and otherwise.
  • Sara Jacobs (in Cosmopolitan) says she’s a “Charlotte” — a term Urban Dictionary defines in so many ways, flattering and otherwise.
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What does a self-financed multimillion-dollar bid for Congress get you? For starters, a profile by Cosmopolitan, the go-to magazine and website for fashionistas. The candidate in question is Sara Jacobs, a granddaughter of La Jolla billionaire and Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs, whose connections to Manhattan’s public relations mill have previously been tapped to bolster the political career of another Jacobs favorite, Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher.

“It’s 5:30 p.m. at a trendy brewpub in Encinitas, California, with 25 beers on draft, and Sara Jacobs can’t have any of them,” begins the February 21 profile of the young Democrat, running in a crowded primary to fill the shoes of departing Republican congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th District. The story explains Jacobs forgot her California ID. “In a year when a record number of women are running for office, Jacobs, 29, stands out: If she wins her race, in California’s 49th district, she could be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.” How likely is that? Despite coming up with $1.1 million of her own money for the campaign so far, Jacobs has polled well down in the current pack of 12 candidates, garnering just 5 percent in a recent Union-Tribune/10News survey.

But Cosmo bears no particularly bad tidings. “Jacobs doesn’t try to hide the fact that she’s 29: She tells me she’s a Charlotte, likes to use the poop emoji, and is steeped in America’s Next Top Model. (When a photographer, also a woman in her twenties, encourages her to ‘smize,’ she delivers a self-assured gaze that would make Tyra Banks proud.) She is constantly connected to her iPhone to tweet and Snapchat.”

Adds the story, “Here is an incomplete list of the suggestions Jacobs has fielded on how to be a better candidate for Congress: Wear your hair straighter. No, add more curls. Actually, make it more ‘voluptuous.’ Inflect the end of your sentences down, not up — upspeak doesn’t inspire confidence. Shoot some ads on the beach in your bikini to corner the male vote. Stop being so obsessed with talking about your gender. Lose the frozen, forced smile. Speak like a grown-up, not a college kid. Don’t call voters after 8 p.m. — their wives might think you’re up to no good.”

But the Cosmo piece blew up for Jacobs when foes began attacking her apparent allusion to rival Democrat Doug Applegate as a “crusty old Marine,” and she was forced to apologize.

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monaghan Feb. 28, 2018 @ 8:14 p.m.

Jacobs' vanity candidacy is a crime and her speaking voice is too high to take what she says seriously. That someone like Jacobs can siphon away even one vote from the original stalwart Dem challenger of Republican congressman Darryl Issa -- ex-Marine Col. Doug Applegate who nearly beat Issa in 2016 -- seems deeply unfair. But politics is a bloodsport, and there are now so many Democrats in this race for Issa's open congressional seat that they may cancel each other out, returning the office to the GOP.

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dwbat Feb. 28, 2018 @ 8:56 p.m.

It's a "crime" for a young, mostly unknown woman to run for Congress? Sounds like what WASP men said in the 1960s. Or was that last month? Did you even read her background? Here's more from the article: "She studied international affairs at Columbia, getting her bachelor’s and then her master’s. She had a six-month stint at the United Nations and clocked eight months at UNICEF before landing a job working on conflict resolution and prevention as a contractor at the State Department under President Obama. She then worked as an unpaid foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign." Sounds rather impressive to me. Especially better qualified than an obnoxious Republican guy who made loud, annoying car alarms for a living.

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monaghan March 1, 2018 @ 12:28 a.m.

Do you believe everything you read? Remind me what magazine this was in. Six months here, eight months there, and a grandfather who bankrolls both Obama and Hillary and also holds high-cost fund-raisers for them at his La Jolla home? Issa is gone. What matters is who replaces him. When Ms. Jacobs recently presented this same dreamy resume before a gathering of local Democratic women, seeking their endorsement, she didn't get it.

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 11:03 a.m.

The second sentence in the article says it is Cosmopolitan (in a blue font). How could you miss seeing that? If you click on it, it takes you to the magazine article. That is so easy.

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Julie Stalmer April 16, 2018 @ 8:35 p.m.

"her speaking voice is too high to take what she says seriously?"

Wow.

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Geranium March 1, 2018 @ 6:29 p.m.

Ms Jacobs could well be an intelligent and well intentioned young woman. But there is just no replacement for experience. It seems that instead of "paying her dues" in politics by running for, and getting elected to, some sort of local office she seems to feel she can buy her way into not having pay her dues. I understand we live in a world where you can pay for people to wait in line for you, or pay to go back stage at a concert. I'm sure that Ms Jacobs has grew up accustomed to the access financial privilege allows you, and therefore feels like reality to her. But I am concerned there are just things you can only learn by being in the trenches and the fights of politics for a while. I would much prefer work to elect a Democrat to take over Issa's seat who isn't learning as much as she will need to learn about life and politics on the campaign and the job, at our expense. I hope she comes to understand this soon enough to not damage the Democrats chances of taking this seat.

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 11:36 a.m.

I don't think Ms. Jacobs needs any advice about when she can run for office. P.S. "Ms. Jacobs has grew up"?? Perhaps you meant: grown up

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shirleyberan March 1, 2018 @ 7:50 p.m.

People used to start their political journey in law school.

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 11:20 a.m.

You don't have to be a lawyer to run for political office. Oklahoma US senator/governor Henry Bellmon got his bachelor's degree in agriculture. When asked what his background was, he'd reply proudly: "I'm a farmer." The way our founding fathers envisioned it, serving in Congress was never meant to be a career. It was temporary public service by men from various professions and backgrounds. We have forgotten what "public service" really means.

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monaghan March 9, 2018 @ 5:31 p.m.

  1. Thanks for the news flash about not having to be a lawyer to run for office.
  2. Thanks for naming Cosmopolitan as the source of the Jacobs puff-piece.
  3. Thanks for correcting a commenter's grammar: the message still stands.
  4. Your more-the-merrier thesis could well cost Democrats seats in Congress.
  5. MeToo Rocks except when someone is unjustly destroyed by unsubstantiated claims.

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dwbat March 9, 2018 @ 6:28 p.m.

Actually, Matt Potter named Cosmopolitan in his article. I just repeated it, as you didn't seei it. ;-) Sara Jacobs (or me) cannot be blamed if Democrats don't get enough seats. That's like blaming Hillary for the GOP's Pyrrhic victory.

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monaghan March 11, 2018 @ 6:46 p.m.

There is strategy involved in running and winning seats in Congress, especially given California's top-two Primary system. Grossly unqualified newbies like Ms. Jacobs should not gum up the works with vanity trial-runs when the outcome matters so much. Why doesn't she run for School Board? San Diego Unified could use some new blood and many of those losers are running unopposed.

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Visduh March 2, 2018 @ 8:34 a.m.

The Democrat field of candidates for that House seat is large. Only one will emerge with the nomination, and I doubt it will be Jacobs. Her thoughtless and rather flippant "humorous" remark about "crusty Marine colonel" was referring to Applegate. But it also pertains to a GOP candidate, Rocky Chavez. At this time I think he'll get the GOP nomination, and may very well win the seat.

One thing is for sure: The state and county don't need more influence of the Jacobs/Qualcomm fortune in their elections. If that family wants to be a good influence locally, there is much it can do, starting now. But trying to put favorite candidates forward, especially when they are not strong ones, helps nobody. As a family member, she's a true lightweight with no hard knocks in her preparation. Let her get some real experience, and then come back and make a try for office.

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 11:12 a.m.

Most candidates don't win in their first try. It's typical. It doesn't mean they have no business being a candidate. We still have a representative democracy in this country, and most individuals can run for public office. Also, she apologized for the "crusty" remark. The more women (including younger women) entering political races, the better. Men for centuries have been screwing things up as political leaders, while stealing like bandits and/or abusing women. #MeToo rocks!

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Ponzi March 2, 2018 @ 12:28 p.m.

I wonder if she thinks her grandfather is a crusty old engineer?

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 7:37 p.m.

Of course not. An ex-Marine colonel and an electrical engineer/UCSD professor are quite different in nature.

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Ponzi March 2, 2018 @ 8:41 p.m.

True. One served his country and the other served his avarice.

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dwbat March 2, 2018 @ 9:30 p.m.

Yes, Jacobs made a fortune. But he's also been very generous with his charitable giving. It amounts to hundreds of $millions. And he plans to give away 50% of his fortune upon his passing.

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Visduh March 3, 2018 @ 6:53 p.m.

At first Jake and wife were being philanthropists of first rank. But more recently his "giving" has taken on a sinister tone, influencing elections and buying favor with two-bit politicians. His sons, and now his granddaughter, are looking for political influence. He tried to buy a remodel of Balboa Park, was rebuffed for a time, and now seems to be back at it. Unless I"m mistaken, he now owns the mayor and another group of local pols, who are ready to do his bidding. That's not true generosity; it is legacy building where he cares not what the citizens want. If he wants to do something for local residents, he could quickly stop the influx of H-1B workers to Qualcomm, and start hiring grads of his namesake school at UCSD.

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dwbat March 3, 2018 @ 9:25 p.m.

Jacobs is not exactly "back at it." His Plaza de Panama plan is proceeding, after some lengthy litigation that ended with approval of the original project. Jacobs, it has been widely reported, is no longer funding the project. The City and fundraising will provide the estimated $79 million cost. Even though I'm a longtime reporter, I have no knowledge like you do, that he "owns the mayor."

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shirleyberan March 4, 2018 @ 9:36 a.m.

Everybody knows the mayor is under some influence.

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dwbat March 4, 2018 @ 10:08 a.m.

All mayors are. That's nothing new.

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Ponzi March 9, 2018 @ 8:39 p.m.

I hate the Jacobs because I hate all H-1B whores. I also do not appreciate their family meddling in civic matters that should be up to the voters and not some billionaire.

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dwbat March 9, 2018 @ 8:51 p.m.

Well, the Republican nutjob Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson do it, so don't we need some Democratic billionaires to counterbalance?

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Ponzi March 11, 2018 @ 8:51 p.m.

That's a good point. I guess the "Citizens United" decision is allowing this activity by the moneyed to influence all kinds of politics and pet projects.

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dwbat March 11, 2018 @ 10:16 p.m.

The richest billionaire (Jeff Bezos) bought the Washington Post a while back, and has turned it into a powerhouse. He hired many more editors and reporters. And the Post is going after Trump and his tribe of clowns in a big way.

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dwbat April 16, 2018 @ 7:42 p.m.

Oh boo hoo. Women have decided that enough is enough. Good!

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