Jonathan Strong’s seven-page exposé of Sheila Jackson Lee’s fabled sadistic histrionics in today’s Daily Caller shouldn’t have come as a surprise. For those who don’t remember, Jackson Lee is the representative from Houston who stood casually chitchatting on her cell phone last summer, ignoring one of her constituent’s questions about the new health care bill, at a town hall meeting. She later repeated the insult on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
That arrogant behavior is tame in comparison to Strong’s research on the eight-term congresswoman’s record in office. But the journalist’s allegations that Jackson Lee sadistically browbeats her staffers, repeatedly calling them by abusive and crude term is disturbing on a whole new level.
The Houston Democrat addressed one of her employees as “you stupid motherfucker.” And not just once, but “constantly,” recalls the staffer, “like, all the time.” … 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.
Sheila Jackson Lee’s history of incompetence in Congress is legendary. She is notoriously uninformed: In 1997, the then second-term representative from Houston asked a NASA scientist if the Mars Pathfinder had photographed the flag that Neil Armstrong had left behind. The flag was, of course, planted on the moon.
Last year the congresswoman hilariously insisted that, “Today, we have two Vietnams; side-by-side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace … ”
Of course Jackson Lee wouldn’t be the first dummy to repeatedly win a seat in Congress or the Senate. Even the fact that she is a race-baiter isn’t shocking when one recalls the other members of Congress who have pulled the race card, even as recently as last summer.
Strong sums up his article:
Not surprisingly, Jackson Lee has one of the highest staff turnover rates in Washington. Over the last ten years, at least 39 staffers have left within one year. Over that time, Lee has employed at least nine chiefs of staff, eight legislative directors, and 18 schedulers or executive assistants, according to records of federal disclosure forms published by the website Legistorm. Nine staffers left within two months, 25 within 6 months.
Read this story, you will not believe your eyes.