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No name-calling
Politico ^ | 6-17-09

Posted on 06/18/2009 9:56:27 AM PDT by Snickering Hound

If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant.

An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.”

Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?”

When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?” she asked.

The back-and-forth went on for 19 e-mails, with the assistant apologizing six times if she had “offended” Becton, while Becton lectured about name-calling.

Becton told the assistant that if someone said using “Liz” was acceptable, then “they are not your friend”, and “If I wanted you to call me by any other name, I would have offered that to you.” Plus, it’s “rude when people don’t even ask permission and take all sorts of liberties with your name,” she said, adding: “Please do not ever call me by a nickname again.”

But the tirade didn’t end there. Becton continued her riff — responding that the assistant “got played” by someone who was trying to “tick” Becton off. Becton’s final, searing missive stated: “In the future, you should be VERY careful about such things. People like to brag about their connections in D.C. It’s a pastime for some. It’s also dangerous to eavesdrop, as you have just found out. Quit apologizing and never call me anything but Elizabeth again. Also, make sure you correct anyone who attempts to call me by any other name but Elizabeth. Are we clear on this? Like I said, it’s a hot button for me. And please don’t call the office and not leave a message. My colleague told me you called while I was away. ... I do sometimes leave my desk.”

McDermott spokesman Mike DeCesare told us Tuesday, “An apology is being issued as we speak,” adding, “This isn’t reflective of the way we do business in this office.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: District of Columbia; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 111th; baghdadjim; elizabethbecton; lightenupliz; liz; mcdermott
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To: Snickering Hound

Sounds like she should work in Babs “Call me Senator [but I won’t call you General]” Boxer’s office.


21 posted on 06/18/2009 10:08:45 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: FES0844

I think we should overload her mail box with “lizzie letters”


22 posted on 06/18/2009 10:10:03 AM PDT by Slimey
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To: Snickering Hound

hmm... whats the phone number to liz’s office?


23 posted on 06/18/2009 10:10:11 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: Snickering Hound

DEFINITELY Extra strength

24 posted on 06/18/2009 10:10:33 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: thefactor

ROFL, might have a cat or two as well


26 posted on 06/18/2009 10:11:29 AM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: Snickering Hound

Seems to be a democrat female problem. They have yet to figger out they get no respect because they are not respectable.

Geesh, Boxer, this wench......I see they are confused and always seem to be disoriented and unable to do their jobs properly.

Perhaps they need to be fired. I have no confidence in them.


27 posted on 06/18/2009 10:12:16 AM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Her name isn't Liz it's Ignorant Douchebag.
28 posted on 06/18/2009 10:12:52 AM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore. Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: Snickering Hound

Sorry Liz. Let’s try again:

Hi you MISERABLE BEE-OTCH......


29 posted on 06/18/2009 10:13:02 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Made In The USA

Bob.

Who (or what) you are referring to is Bob.

Battery
Operated
Boyfriend.


30 posted on 06/18/2009 10:13:29 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Snickering Hound

and they wonder why we say liberals are always miserable...


31 posted on 06/18/2009 10:15:22 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Snickering Hound
Queen Elizabeth of the House of Becton, Lady High Chamberlain of the Palace of Longworth, Chancellor to King James of Oz, . . . Wicked Witch of the West.
32 posted on 06/18/2009 10:17:11 AM PDT by colorado tanker ("Lastly, I'd like to apologize for America's disproportionate response to Pearl Harbor . . . ")
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To: Snickering Hound

Wow. After my first apology out of simple politeness, my followups would have said: “Get over it and get a life, Liz.”

I listened to Barbara Boxer’s insulting tirade about being called “Senator” Boxer to a U.S. brigadier general this morning. Amazing.

I am “supposed” to be addressed as “your honor” and I can’t tell you the times people have used numerous other addresses to which I completely ignore and move on.

These people need to grow up. Next thing we will see is not being properly addressed will be added to “hate crimes.”


33 posted on 06/18/2009 10:18:21 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Snickering Hound
It seems we must be doing a good job of avoiding whatever used to outrage these chicks.

We're down to forms of address, now.

34 posted on 06/18/2009 10:20:57 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Snickering Hound
Actually, back in the day when manners were important, it was proper to address someone by their full name until such time that the person said you could use a shortened nickname--or at least until you inquired of the person regarding using a shorter appellation.

Having said that, it would seem that Liz is indeed an arrogant ass.

Who works for a guy who calls himself "Jim."

Irony is fun.

35 posted on 06/18/2009 10:21:42 AM PDT by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: Carling

elizabeth.becton@mail.house.gov


36 posted on 06/18/2009 10:26:13 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Snickering Hound

OK, remember when GWB got caught calling Adam Clymer an a*****e on air? And for awhile, people used ‘clymer’ as a synonym/replacement for a*****e? I vote that we use ‘becton’ in place of c**t, t**t, and b***h, see if it catches on with the population outside FR. eg, “HRC is a total becton, but I sure wish she were president instead of BHO right about now.’


37 posted on 06/18/2009 10:29:56 AM PDT by kaylar
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To: HIDEK6
Let's see: Health care “reform” (ie, socializing 1/5 of the nation’s economy); nationalizing the car industry, the nation’s banks, housing and loans, the nation’s energy systems ...

And she spends her time sending 19 emails to “correct” a person who addresses her by name.

Priceless.

38 posted on 06/18/2009 10:30:08 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Maybe it's not but sounds motivated by racial animus and emboldened by change, to me.

39 posted on 06/18/2009 10:31:09 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Polyxene

I’d say she is single too. . .when she writes about rowing (single scull, I’m sure), that is all I needed.

;-0


40 posted on 06/18/2009 10:32:06 AM PDT by Hulka
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