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Abuse of Professional Staff

May 20, 2020

If you abuse a servant or personal cook, the servant will leave. But if you are a college educated specialist in politics or economics and your boss is a top Trump Administration official, your boss is likely to take the criticism.  I worked for two boorish public executives, and only once was I subjected to verbal abuse, but by then I realized that person was unstable and I had to leave as soon as possible. The other told me that he wasn’t going to bully me, but he abused every other staff person and intern. The late Herb London dealt with that by threatening to throw the Senator out the window.

Now we learn that Mrs. Susan Pompeo, wife of U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo, tasked State Department officers to wash dishes and the Pompeo dog.  President Trump walked into the controversy by saying maybe Mrs. Pompeo wasn’t home and couldn’t wash dishes herself.

Like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who do these people think they are?

Abuse of Congressional Staff

February 11, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Presidential candidate is the object of critics who argue that the Senator abused her staff. If you work on Capitol Hill or in policy organizations in the Washington, DC area, you’ll hear complaints that some Members require staff to do laundry, follow extreme rules for handling food, or baby-sit their children.

I personally heard such complaints about a Senator and a House Member from my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Good manners alone should constrain Members of Congress from using paid Congressional staff as personal servants. And anyone running, especially, for the Office of President should be aware that such behavior will be made public.

Members of the Congress of the United States are human beings, however, and bring to office all the personal failures for which humans are well known. Sexual relationships between Members and subordinates are common, less so is the taking of bribes, but lying is a professional skill well-honed by American politicians. And even treasonous acts have occurred. But, when an elected official crosses those lines, it is worthy of notice.

We should be watching Amy Klobuchar’s actions over the next months to see if her abuse of her staff portends to abuse of power.

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