The answer to both questions would be "Yes".OK. What if you do have the highest "whole person score" on that 10 person list, but have a medical DQ? As I understand it, that is the point at which you are considered for a medical waiver. Or given a conditional offer of appointment?
Well, I hope you are right. I am afraid this answer may depend on whose district one lives in. It's probably LESS likely with senators, as they have a much larger constituency and less personal contact/knowledge of personalities within their district. With representatives, it has, in my own opinion, a greater likelihood of being possible.Most likely, not.
Actually, our senior senator uses the principal/alternate method.In my experience, every thing has been pretty non-partisan in the selection process, and real professional. As long as you are polite and honest with the selection board, they are going to be fair in their selections. And I agree, in Arizona at least, I haven't heard of anyone getting a principal; everyone is put on a competitive list.