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  • Daniel Dudley
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      I got this from a friend of mine that confirms Christine's message.


      >Subject: Fwd: Gaddi Vasquez resigns as Peace Corps Director
      >Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 16:54:39 -0700
      >----Original Message Follows----
      >From: "John Coyne" <jpcoyne@...>
      >Well, he lasted 21 months---
      >Here is Gaddi Vasquez's statement to Peace Corps Staff that was emailed out
      >yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m., in case you haven't seen it.
      >"It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing to you that I have
      >resigned as Director of the Peace Corps effective November 14, 2003.
      >In my resignation letter to President George W. Bush, I wrote, "The
      >Peace Corps is well positioned to expand and achieve even more in the
      >21st century. In my view, the Peace Corps remains one of the most
      >viable means to train men and women in host countries and do so with
      >effectiveness and positive outcomes of which we can be proud."
      >On February 15, 2002, I was privileged to assume the role of Peace Corps
      >Director. The honor and opportunity to lead an agency with such a noble
      >mission has been one of the great highlights of my professional life.
      >During my time as Director, I have met hundreds of Peace Corps
      >Volunteers who are engaged in remarkable work and are advancing the
      >first and second goals of Peace Corps. I have traveled to 24 countries
      >and all 11 recruiting offices and have enjoyed the opportunity to meet
      >and work with exceptional staff who are performing a great service in
      >support of the Volunteers' work. I have also had the opportunity to
      >meet RPCVs in many states and appreciate their continuing commitment to
      >advancing the third goal of the Peace Corps. I am confident that the
      >Peace Corps is well positioned to achieve much in the 21st century.
      >Since I have become the Director, the Peace Corps has established
      >programs in nine countries and is poised to grow in the coming years.
      >Much of what has been accomplished is due to the strong partnership
      >between Peace Corps Washington and field staff in the United States and
      >overseas. From recruiters to desk officers and from medical staff to
      >safety and security personnel every man and woman I have met represent
      >the finest of Peace Corps professionals. It has been my honor to serve
      >with each of you.
      >I will always be grateful to President Bush for the high honor and
      >confidence he had in nominating me to serve. Moreover, he has been a
      >strong advocate and proponent of Peace Corps and his continued support
      >throughout his Presidency has been extraordinary.
      >As I prepare to return to California, I will fondly remember the
      >friendships and the support that so many of you have given to me since
      >my first day at Peace Corps. I am proud of what has been accomplished
      >and each of you has made a contribution to that effort. Together we
      >have made a difference, achieved many objectives, and we have created
      >new opportunities for all Americans to serve in the Peace Corps. I
      >thank you for your dedicated service."
      >Now, what will Gaddi do? My guess is that he will work on Bush's
      >re-election campaign and if Bush wins return to Washington with another
      >federal job. (Or he'll go work for Arnold!) Or he'll start building a base
      >in California and run for office.He now has his "international" experience
      >(he has been to 24 countries, after all) to mix with with his local
      >government experience, and he does give a great speech. My hope is that he
      >runs against Senator Boxer who came to the Senate Hearing to support him
      >during his nomination. She said that the RPCVs who wanted a former
      >Volunteer to run the agency (i.e. people like myself) were unfair and
      >shortsighted and mean. If Gaddi runs against Boxer, then I'll give money to
      >Gaddi's campaign.
      >I doubt if Bush will nominate anyone for the position as director and that
      >Jody Olsen will be "acting" and if Bush wins then he has another political
      >Schedule-C position for one of his financial supporter. One of the things
      >that Gaddi did do--but didn't mention--was that he got get rid of the Peace
      >Corps tag line that have been identified with the agency since the late
      >1960s--"The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love!" It has been dropped from all
      >Peace Corps materials. Perhaps the next director will bring it back. Or
      >perhaps Jody will have the courage to bring it backt, now that for however
      >briefly, she is running the show. We wish her the best. She is, after all,
      >an RPCV. That's all we wanted. That's all we ever wanted.

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