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Andrew, interesting question! I'll take a stab at it.

Regarding the Rep Link, I think it may be an issue of English prepositional interpretation ("of the circle" "to the circle", and "in the circle"). 

Yes, it says, "each Rep Link elected to the Circle," but the context of this is regarding "base membership" of one specific Circle. So, I think it's fair to interpret that "to" as appropriate regarding an elected Role (as in, "people are elected to an office" not "of an office" or "for an office") for the entity they represent.  

Regarding the Lead Link and whether or not it's "in" the Super-Circle. I think you're right that section 2.2.1 helps clarify that the Lead Link of a Sub-Circle (say "Marketing") is also the Role of that Sub-Circle in its entirety (i.e. the "Role of Marketing") from the perspective of the Super-Circle.

In addition to that, which I admit isn't super clear, I think the interpretation comes from connecting two different parts of the Constitution; 1) the guidance around the Lead Link of a Circle; and 2) what is a Role and how it works within a Circle.  

Meaning, since the Lead Link inherits the purpose and accountabilities of a Circle, and that Circle is really just a Role (from the perspective of the Super-Circle), then the Lead Link is the defacto "Marketing Role" in the Super-Circle.

It's like looking at two sides of the same coin. One side has an image of a flag, the other side a river. Depending on how you look at it (from what perspective), does the coin feature a flag or river? Well, both. It's the same entity, just looked at in two different ways.

Meaning, it's 100% accurate to say "the 'Lead Link' doesn't exist in the Super-Circle," because the "Marketing Role" exists in the Super-Circle. But in a way, it's the same entity. So, it's also accurate to say "The Lead Link does exist in the Super-Circle." That may be where there is some confusion.

Of course, none of this means the Constitution itself shouldn't be clarified, so consider submitting something about it to Github