Skip to comments.Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressional boss from Hell
Posted on 03/03/2011 6:34:25 AM PST by FredJake
Most of us at some point has worked for an overbearing and abusive employer.
We all know the type - the loud, overbearing, unreasonable, and obnoxious boss who seems to delight in making your working life miserable.
But what if that person was a member of Congress?
According to an article at The Daily Caller, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee is just such an employer.
The in-depth seven-part article, entitled Congressional bosses from Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee details the horrors experienced by those who work for the Democrat.
For example, one staffer recounts constantly being called "you stupid m*****f****r."
Jonathon Strong writes:
Another Jackson Lee aide recounts the time her parents came to Washington to visit: They were really excited to come to the congressional office. Theyre 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. Dont be a moron, you foolish girl and actually did this in front of my parents, of all things.
One staffer told Strong the Texas Democrat would always say, What am I a prostitute? Am I your prostitute? You cant prostitute me.
At least one former staffer compared working for Jackson Lee to serving in the Iraq War. According to Strong, she "may be the worst boss in Washington." Another quit working for Jackson Lee after she threw a cell phone at him.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
"Quick, I need food before I denigrate my stupid staff. Send over three double
pepperoni pizzas, four gallons of Pepsi red, and three loaves of garlic bread.
Deliver it in 10 minutes and charge it to my Congressional account.
Like there is a reason for everything, there is a reason for racism...and Sheila Jackson Lee is one of those reasons.
And don’t forget my dipping sauce this time,you MF!
Anybody who chooses to work for this woman deserves what she dishes out.
The country is in the best of hands!
Maybe you’re one of the reasons for racism too.
LOL-——she’s lucky they don’t pour it over her fat head.
"In 1997, during a subcommittee briefing, Jackson Lee asked a NASA scientist if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that Neil Armstrong had left on the moon."
Maybe, maybe not, but you don’t have what it takes to make that decision for anyone but yourself.
Story #3: Congressional Bosses from Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee
RUSH: Sheila Jackson Lee, apparently, is the "congressional boss from hell." There's a story today at The Daily Caller website. This is the website of Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. It's by Jonathan Strong. "A lot of politicians give nicknames to their aides. George W. Bush famously referred to his attorney general, Alberto Gonzalez, as 'Fredo.' Mitch Daniels, then head of the Office of Management and Budget, was known as 'The Blade.' Barack Obama reportedly called Larry Summers, his chief economic advisor, 'Dr. Kevorkian.' Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas also hands out nicknames to the people who work for her. The Houston Democrat addressed one of her employees as 'you stupid...'"
I don't even know how to... I don't know how to say this word in code without actually saying the word and offending everybody. Let's see. "You stupid mother..." is as close as I can get. "The Houston Democrat addressed one of her employees," who's quoted in the story, "as 'you stupid mother[...].' And not just once, but 'constantly,' recalls the staffer, 'like, all the time.' Another 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." I've always thought this woman was, you know, an order of fries short of a Happy Meal, but it's worse than that. She's got some staffer on the phone asking: Okay, how best can I serve you?
"'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!' ... According to the same staffer, Jackson Lee 'would always say, "What am I a prostitute? Am I your prostitute? You can't prostitute me.""' Capitol Hill is famous for its demanding, insensitive bosses," it says here. "Yet even by the harsh standards of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee stands out. She may be the worst boss in Washington. 'It's like being an Iraq War veteran,' says someone who worked for her. Strangers may say, "oh I know what you've been through." No, you really don't. Because until you've experienced it.... People don't tell the worst of the stories, because they're really unbelievable.'
"For some, a job in Jackson Lee's office proved not just emotionally but physically perilous. One staffer recalls a frank conversation with his doctor, who told him he needed to quit. 'It's your life or your job,' the doctor told him, warning that the stress and long hours were wreaking havoc on his body. Only a few on staff fought back. One of Jackson Lee's drivers became so frustrated with her abuse the person pulled the car over and demand she stop: 'She's screaming and swearing. "M.F." everything. Finally I slammed on the brakes and told her to get the hell out of my car. I'm like "I can't drive with you like this. Either get out, or you can calm down." And she's like "you need to go or get fired." I'm like, "that's fine. But I'm either leaving without you or you can calm down,"' the staffer said.
"Jackson Lee then threatened to call the police and claim she was being held hostage in the car. But she finally did calm down when the staffer called her bluff, offering to flag down a Capitol Police officer to explain the situation. Former aide Michael McQueery said his experience with other 'difficult' bosses on the Hill prepared him for how to handle Jackson Lee. 'I've worked for two other members. They did the same thing,' he said. 'It was at first, I'm not going to lie to you, it was a rough patch with her and me. But I took her to the side and I let her know that, you know, "Congresswoman, I'm a man before anything else." And after that, we had no problems. We had no problems,' McQueery said.
"Of the scores of Jackson Lee staffers contacted by The Daily Caller, only McQueery offered an affirmative defense of the congresswoman's management techniques. 'A lot of people just did not know how to go, and say, "hey, that's inappropriate," McQueery said. In 2007, on a quiet afternoon on the fourth floor of the Rayburn House Office building, Caroline Stephens, then a low-level staffer for California Republican Rep. Gary Miller, walked down the hall to her office, taking note of an open door that was normally closed. Congress was in recess, and the 435 lawmakers who drive the frenetic pace on Capitol Hill were home in their districts glad-handing constituents.
"For that reason, the door to Jackson Lee's office was open and the sounds emanating from inside were pleasant laughter and conversation. 'You could tell when she wasn't there,' Stephens said. That was because on a day in which Congress was in session, a different set of sounds often came through closed doors to Jackson Lee's office: screaming and, many times, crying. Later that day, a skinny young black man with his hair pulled back in a ponytail walked into Miller's office and asked Stephens for a favor. Could he borrow a knife to cut a birthday cake? Stephens, who'd seen the man working in Jackson Lee's office, was happy to help, with only the request to 'make sure you bring it back, that's our only one.'
"He laughed. 'We would never leave a knife around when the congresswoman was here,' he said. As Stephens put it, 'that's when it all clicked that they are really afraid of her.' 'I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen,' Jackson Lee once said, and apparently she wasn't kidding. Her employees describe waiting for their boss for hours on end, sometimes late into the night, while she attends events or even sits in her office watching TV." Hmm. I wonder... You know, I've read two pages. The full piece is seven pages.
So I basically read a little over a fourth of this piece to you, and congressional staffers do not get overtime. They are not unionized (chuckles), by the way. (interruption) Well, I guess it... (interruption) It takes a strong man to calm her down, but that wasn't my observation. My observation is I wonder what the race of most of her employees is, the way she treating these people? Can you imagine...? Are you surprised by this? I'm not. This kind of thing doesn't surprise me at all. Then they have to listen to her sit there and ask if the Mars rover is on the moon, and you can imagine how tough it can be for them.
She can't go around the block without climbing in her government chauffeured vehicle.
Another rant was about being treated like the queen she is.
Then there was the time she went on a rampage about Texas not having a black college when all she had to do was look out her window at two of several, Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M which was established in, drum roll... 1876.
If that bitch called me a smfr I would smash her ugly as$ face!
The Texas Congressional Scorecard (from Texas on the Potomac) - sjl shines here as well.
If true... CLASSIC.
Third hand warmed over recycled material, and a host of viral nastiness!
Typical blog fare.
Sheila gets reelected because her district is gerrymandered into a mish mash of people like her.
She has a driver who takes her from her residence in DC to the capital daily. There are numerous stories of her keeping the car waiting up to an hour, then berating the driver to going too slow getting her to her office. She has a long history of being abusive and accusing other of racism to cover for her incompetance.
My favorite sheila moment was when the Constitution was being read aloud recently, she remarked that someone should be writing all this down so that there would be a written record of this Constitution.
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