It’s the first rule of transition: You do not talk about transition, especially if you’re one of the countless people angling for a job.
Dallas plaintiffs attorney Lisa Blue Baron just learned that lesson the hard way.
Baron, a prominent Democratic donor, attended a conference for tort attorneys in Las Vegas last week, and caught the attention of a reporter when she said she was interviewing with Hillary Clinton’s transition team for her White House “dream job.”
“I am so excited about it,” Baron said told a crowd of attendees, according to Legal Newsline. The job? Helping to vet federal judges, Baron said.
The story published Tuesday to Forbes, where a Post reader spotted it and sent it our direction. Bragging — it’s just not the best look for a major party donor.
So is Baron in fact interviewing with the transition team for a job? Contacted by The Post, she said she misspoke.
“I have not interviewed for any position,” Baron wrote in an email.
“I met with a member of the transition team to voice my concerns about federal judicial vacancies,” she wrote. “To the best of my knowledge, the transition team is not interviewing candidates for any positions. They have not reached out to me regarding any job opportunities.”
Almost could have been written by the transition team itself.
Baron and her late husband, Fred, have had a long history with the Clintons. As longtime party donors, they were guests of the family at the White House and Camp David in the ’90s, according to the Dallas Morning News. Lisa Baron hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in May.
Readers may be more familiar with her husband, who served as finance chair of John Edwards’s 2008 presidential campaign and spent $200,000 to support Edwards’s mistress, Rielle Hunter, and hide her from the media. (Edwards was indicted on six counts of violating campaign finance laws in 2011, with one not-guilty verdict and a mistrial declared on five counts a year later.)
Baron said she would be “humbled and flattered” by a job offer if Clinton wins.
“As a practicing attorney with more than three decades of experience, I am passionate about issues facing our civil justice system,” she wrote. “At this stage in my career, it is my dream to serve in any role that will allow me to use my advocacy experience to strengthen access to the courts for all Americans.”
At the same time, she wrote, “I have three small children to consider first.”