Josh Welle, the Virginia registered voter running against Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey, applied to the Trump Administration’s first class of White House Fellows, MMM learned today. He was a finalist for the position, interviewed by the Commissioners of the program, but was not one of the fourteen fellows announced by the Trump White House on September 20, 2017 .
Welle filed to be a candidate for Congress on October 7, 2017, 17 days after the White House Fellows were announced without his name on the list.
According to our source, an administration official who asked not to be named in this story, Welle pursued the fellowship throughout the first months of the Trump Administration. He failed to make the final cut “because there is something off about him.”
Had he been selected for the fellowship, Welle would have worked full time as an assistant to White House senior staff, Cabinet Secretaries or other top-ranking government officials.
Welle has not yet responded to several messages today asking him why he applied to work for the Trump Administration. Welle has not had anything nice to say about the President or his policies since becoming a candidate.