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Thursday, August 7, 2014

More on Sheila Jackson Lee

I'm evidently a little late to the party on Representative Jackson Lee. There's an entire meme on the internet devoted to her. A few more tidbits:

From the National Review:

During the 2011 hearings on Islamic terrorism, held by Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.), Jackson Lee railed against them as “an effort to demonize and to castigate a whole broad base of human beings.” She then lamented that the committee was not spending its time on genuine terroristic threats: “the cold cases of the civil-rights movement,” for example. She encouraged the committee to hold hearings to determine “whether Klansmen still roam today and terrorize individuals in parts of this country.”

[Jackson Lee] even complained that devastating natural disasters are used to promote racism, telling the Hill in 2003 that hurricane names are too “lily white” and that “all racial groups should be represented.” She suggested more hurricanes named “Keisha, Jamal, and Deshawn.”

Jackson Lee made her thoughts clear to her onetime Capitol-office executive assistant, Rhiannon Burruss, years ago: “I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.”

But along with such penetrating insights she would also bring to DHS a reputation as one of the worst bosses on Capitol Hill, according to Jonathan Strong, now a reporter with National Review Online. She is known to throw tantrums, regularly screaming and swearing at her staff. A few years ago she effectively replaced one employee’s name with “you stupid motherf***er.” “It’s like being an Iraq War veteran,” one staffer said.

A few specifics on that subject, from The Daily Caller:

A Jackson Lee aide recounts the time her parents came to Washington to visit: “They were really excited to come to the congressional office. They’re small town people, so for them it was a huge deal. They were actually sitting in the main lobby waiting area….[Jackson Lee] came out screaming at me over a scheduling change. Called me a ‘stupid idiot. Don’t be a moron, you foolish girl’ and actually did this in front of my parents, of all things.”

Yet another staffer remembers requesting a meeting early on in her tenure to ask how best to serve the congresswoman. Jackson Lee’s response: “What? What did you say to me? Who are you, the Congresswoman? You haven’t been elected. You don’t set up meetings with me! I tell you! You know what? You are the most unprofessional person I have ever met in my life.” With that, Jackson Lee hung up the phone.

According to the same staffer, Jackson Lee “would always say, ‘What am I a prostitute? Am I your prostitute? You can’t prostitute me.'"

...Even though she delays others for hours, Jackson Lee won’t wait a second for her demands to be met. “She expected you to run – all the time,” says a former staffer. “There was no walking. Nobody could walk, you always had to run – everywhere. She viewed walking as being lazy, so everyone always had to run.”

Another former aide added that the congresswoman would clock her on how long it took her to run an updated schedule print-out from Jackson Lee’s office in the Rayburn building to the House floor. “She would actually physically time you in terms of from office to getting to the [House] floor and finding her, hunting her down,” the staffer said. Then Jackson Lee would demand, “what took you so long?”

Her former drivers say the congresswoman demanded they run red lights and drive on highway shoulders around traffic. This caused at least one accident.

Somehow, it all fits. The narcissism, sense of entitlement, rudeness, arrogance, promiscuous accusations of racism, and stupidity all just seem to mesh seamlessly.


Quartermain said...

It's astounding that anyone would continue to work for such a demonic gorgon like Sheila Lee Jackson.

It's like the political realm and the corporate sphere look for people without back bones to hire.

Seeing what the political and economic leaders are like, I would this country is in serious trouble.

John Craig said...

Allan --
Yes, it's hard to be optimistic.

Steven said...

What a dreadful person if all that stuff is true.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I have to imagine it is, I only put in a small proportion of the stuff I saw. The article about how she was the worst boss in DC went on of seven pages, and opinion about her among her ex-aides seemed to be pretty unanimous.

jova said...

another great example of why we should have term limits in congress

Sheila Jackson Lee faced one primary challenge since 1995 (in 2010 she had her sole opponent since taking office)
In 2012, she was not challenged in the Democratic primary and won the general election with 75% of the vote.

John Craig said...

Jova --
Wow, that is a pretty sad commentary.

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea for a new method of representation. Its not a utopian suggestion - simply a method that, for all its weaknesses, would very likely produce better legislation and governance that our present system.

Abandon elections for the federal House and Senate. Replace it with a random draft of citizens who:
- must pass a drug test
- must have submitted tax returns for the previous five years
- maintain current age requirements
- will serve only one term
- will be paid $100K per year for the rest of their lives for their service
- must accept the appointment
- would be subject to felony charges for accepting one penny of donation or gift of any sort from a person, corporation, organization, etc., for the rest of their lives.

I would be willing to accept the smattering of stupid people, maybe a lower overall average IQ, and certainly much less political experience, against the current method that gives us a group of corrupt, bought-off narcissists who do not serve the will of the people, or the best interests of the people.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
I like your idea, a lot, though I would tweak it a little. The only changes I'd make are that they make 100k while they're in office and 50k a year thereafter (which is plenty for a pension, possibly inflation-adjusted), since they'll probably go back to work after their terms end anyway. And secondly, I'd put in an IQ requirement of, say, 120. (We can't have dummies making laws and governing.) And if anybody wanted to up that IQ requirement to, say, 140, I wouldn't object.

I expressed a similar sentiment here, btw: