We’ve all had bad bosses, but sadly, this sister trying to take the cake.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas has been called out by staffers who say she is verbally abusive and a nightmare to work with. Today, the Daily Caller ran an expose on the madness happening in Jackson’s office. Several staffers spoke to reporter Jonathan Strong about what goes on in the Representative’s office. And the details were not pretty.
According to staffers, Jackson would routinely call her employees, “stupid mother f*cker,” and publicly belittle them. One staffer recalled being berated by the Representative on a day when her parent’s had come to visit Washington.
“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.”
The Hill an be a cut throat place filled with tough bosses, but even in that context, Jackson’s staffers say she is in a class of her own. One staffer said,
“It’s like being an Iraq War veteran. 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.”
Well. When a congressional staffer compares his office to Baghdad, you know ish has hit the fan. In addition to the verbal abuse, turns out Jackson also had staffers do ‘Making the Band’ type stunts like 2 a.m. runs for garlic supplements, wearing a green hat when picking her up from the airport and running red lights and driving on the shoulder of the highway to avoid traffic.
During her past decade in Washington, Jackson has gone through staffers like garlic supplements. Strong notes that 39 staffers have left after a year or less, an unusually high rate of turnover compared to other congressional offices.
While her behavior is unacceptable to everyone, Jackson’s staff said they noticed she was harder on one particular group than others. One staffer told the Daily Caller:
“She is very strange in who she insults and how. For some reason, it seemed like she was racist against African Americans.”
The profile paints a terrible picture of Rep. Jackson, who for years has been an advocate for many policies supporting women, immigrants and civil rights. While her tirades are now pushing her into the spotlight, the Representative has given no comment on the story.