Saira Rao Biography
Saira Rao is an Indian American Democrat who is a former Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 1st Congressional District. She is also a former television news producer and Journalist who worked in a different station.
Saira Rao Age
Saira Rao was born in Richmond, Virginia United States. She is 41 years old as of 2019.
Saira Rao Family
Saira Rao was born in the United States of America to a single raised parent (mother) but her mother died of arthritis this occurrence depressed her so much in her lifetime.
Saira Rao Husband
Saira Rao is married to Shiv Govindan. The couples live together in Denver with their two children.
Saira Rao Children
Saira Rao was blessed with two children Lila Govindan (daughter) and Dar Govindan (son).
Saira Rao Net worth
Saira Rao earns her income from her businesses and from other related organizations. She also earns her from her work as a politician. Her net worth is not yet displayed in the public.
Saira Rao Education
Saira Rao graduated from New York University where she studied law. After there she went and worked with the United States court of law. She later went to Virginia University to study History from 1992 to 1996.
Saira Rao Side Lights
Saira Rao is a former television news producer and journalist who worked at stations in the Washington, DC, and Miami, Florida, markets. She has also worked as a law associate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, law firm. Upon her graduation, Rao secured a coveted federal clerkship with Judge Dolores Sloviter in the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
She described her clerkship in an interview with Peter Lattman on the Wall Street Journal Online Law Weblogs, she stated: “There were good parts to my clerkship and said that there were bad parts of her clerkship. Was it the best experience I’ve ever had in my life? No, but it wasn’t the worst thing I ever experienced in my life either.” Rao’s experiences, however, formed the background for her first work of fiction.
In her debut novel, Chambermaid, Rao draws upon her experiences as a federal law clerk to tell the story of protagonist Sheila Raj, a newly minted attorney whose experiences as a Third Circuit law clerk have at least some basis in Rao’s own tenure in Philadelphia. Rao notes that the novel, in some ways, was intended to break what she saw as a “code of silence” surrounding the law clerk position. “When I was applying for clerkships, it was very hard to get real information about people’s experiences.
No one tells the truth about it,” she told Lattman. None of the previous clerks criticized or even honestly evaluated the judges they worked for, Rao believes. From reading the clerks’ reviews of the judges, Rao remarked to Lattman: “You’d get the impression that every judge is a mix of Mother Theresa and Einstein. And who wouldn’t be willing to move to Wichita to clerk for someone like that?”
In the novel, Sheila takes up a position with a judge who is far from being a beatific genius. Third Circuit Judge Helen Friedman more closely resembles a sadist and psychopath who delights in tormenting her underlings, exposing their weaknesses, ridiculing their shortcomings, and subjecting them to her volatile, violent temper while maintaining a tyrannically arrogant hold on her own authority.
Yet for all of her flaws, Friedman is a respected jurist who had championed many important liberal causes, prompting Sheila to endure the stress and abuse out of respect for Friedman’s accomplishments. Worse, her personal life becomes almost nonexistent, until the prospect of romance with former Friedman clerk Matthew suggests a brighter future. When Judge Friedman becomes involved in a controversial death penalty appeal, it is up to Sheila to rescue the case and earn Judge Friedman.
Saira Rao Chambermaid
Saira Rao is the legal system exposure and skewered for what it is: haplessly human. Columbia Law School grad Sheila Raj accepts a clerkship from Judge Helga Friedman of the federal court of appeals in Philadelphia, and the world appears to be at her feet. The terrain inside the courthouse turns to quicksand, however, as Sheila discovers Friedman is a “sociopathic, homicidal, bipolar jurist” who screams at, mocks and otherwise tortures her clerks.
Yet Sheila and co-clerks Matthew and Evan must suffer in silence since the world universally views Judge Friedman as a champion of liberalism. “During her tenure, Friedman had nailed cops for racial profiling, overturned a law banning pornography on First Amendment grounds, and nine out of ten times thought company executives were sexually harassing pricks.
If she weren’t a tyrant who racially profiled her law clerks, she’d be worth idolizing,” Sheila laments. This judicial nut job winds up the crucial member of a panel hearing a death penalty appeal that pits her against a rival judge with a dirty little secret that Sheila helps reveal. While Rao’s wit shines in her debut, the former TV producer and federal appeals court clerk plays most of the characters for slapstick, which generates more smirks than laughs. (July)
Saira Rao vs Degette
In updated results, DeGette was polling at 68 percent to Rao’s 32 percent as of 7:36 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s office. The margin has narrowed slightly as more votes are counted, but the large difference resulted in the Associated Press calling the race early Tuesday evening, about a half-hour after polls closed.
She embraced the outsider role in her progressive challenge of the establishment incumbent, who is the House Democrats’ chief deputy whip. Rao pressed the case that it was time for a fresh voice and she said Democrats such as DeGette were not doing enough to oppose President Donald Trump.
Rao’s well-funded challenge fired up liberal activists. But ultimately it posed little threat to DeGette. “It really didn’t turn out to be a very strong challenge, did it?” DeGette said in an interview Tuesday night. “I will say this,” she added. “I’m so gratified by the vote of resounding approval that the constituents of the 1st Congressional District have given me. This opponent is, in fact, the most well-funded opponent that I’ve had.
The voters of the 1st Congressional District understand what I’m doing and that I’m fighting for them in Washington. I owe a never-ending amount of gratitude to them for sending me back to Congress.” Rao, a first-time candidate, did not express disappointment at the end result of a campaign that began in January.
“I feel like we have won. Getting (nearly) a third of the votes in five months, with zero name recognition, against a 22-year incumbent is startlingly successful,” Rao said in an interview. “If you looked at the crowd tonight, it was emblematic of our movement: It was black, brown, white, gay, straight. We have built a movement. Tonight marks the beginning and not the end.”
She said she and others would continue to push the Democratic Party to back more progressive stances that put “people over profits.” Besides Denver, the congressional district also includes all or part of Inglewood, Little ton, Columbine, Ken Carly, Glendale, Cherry Hills Village, and Sheridan. Two years ago, DeGette handily headed off a primary challenge, drawing 86 percent of the vote against a candidate who drew inspiration from Bernie Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign but raised little money.
Against the better-funded Rao, DeGette looked to be headed for a robust primary victory, if by a narrower margin this time. Before 2016, DeGette last had faced a contested primary in 2002. This year, DeGette argued that her party leadership post and her 20-plus years of experience would position her well to accomplish her policy goals if Democrats retook control of the House in the November election.
She expressed optimism that would happen on Tuesday and said she looked forward to “fighting for my constituents for issues like a woman’s right to choose, reversing global warming and holding the Trump administration accountable.” Still, the primary fight included subtle digs by Rao that tapped into a perception among some that DeGette, 60, has been absent from the district too often. Rao, 44, also criticized DeGette for accepting corporate political action committee donations.
Rao, a first-generation Indian-American, is a former Wall Street lawyer who now runs a business publishing children’s books written by authors from underrepresented backgrounds. She slightly outraised DeGette in first-quarter fundraising earlier this year, and she reported spending more than $415,000 on her bid to oust DeGette in her most recent campaign finance report. But the incumbent raised more overall and has spent more than $720,000.
Saira Rao Threats
Saira Rao is temporarily leaving the state because she claims it has become unsafe for her and her family to live there. According to the Colorado Public Radio, Rao lost her congressional bid last month to unseat Denver’s longtime congresswoman Diana DeGette.
But after she tweeted out on the New York Times she op-ed earlier this month, that she received threats mostly on social media and the nasty comments on her children’s photos she knew it and opted to leave. She shared her threats on the New York Times’ op-ed piece with her response to remind White people about their role in combating racism, but that backfired.
“It is incumbent upon white people to dismantle white supremacy, black and brown people cannot do that. We have been toiling and toiling and toiling, and it’s still there. When you call out institutional oppression when you call out white supremacism when you call out racism, that’s not racist,” she told Colorado Public Radio.
“I’ve been talking about race and supremacy for years. This was nothing new,” Rao added, saying that she has even informed the FBI about the threats. The New York Times opinion piece was written by George Yancy, an African-American philosopher at Emory University, who wrote it after he started receiving threats for another piece he wrote called “Dear White America,” in which he asked White readers to examine the comfort that comes with being white and how it causes pain for people of color.
Rao told Colorado Public Radio that she currently does not plan to run for office but will think about it in the future. “I’m certainly not going to stop talking about race and white supremacy and oppression. I want white people to listen to what we’re saying, and not be fragile, and not take it personally, and not get defensive. Change happens when you listen,” Rao said.
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