The Congressional Black Caucus has suggested that Sheila Jackson Lee should replace Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security. Talk about going from bad to worse. By most accounts, Ms. Jackson Lee is one of the least intelligent, megalomaniacal individuals in Congress.
For the scoop on how she treated her employees, see the Daily Caller article, Congressional Bosses from Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee. For her Congressional record, see her profile on Source Watch. She is a horror. How is it that people like this continue to get reelected?
Anyway, here are a few facts about Ms. Jackson Lee:
She is rude and abusive:
“’You stupid mother-effer’ was like a constant,” says one [aide]. “Like, all the time. But the interesting thing is she would really project that behavior more towards her African American staffers.”
Another aide stated she, “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.”
However, of herself she says, “I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.” Indeed she does. She insists upon preferential treatment, making a scene when she doesn’t get her way. From Source Watch:
According to the Houston Press and The Hill, Jackson Lee has also reportedly been involved in several altercations with airline flight personnel over her requests for a complimentary upgrade to first class based on her celebrity.
As reported by The Hill, During a full flight on Continental Airlines Jackson Lee was denied a complimentary upgrade to first class. According to a witness interviewed by the Capitol Hill newspaper, “When she saw that she had to sit with other people, she started shouting that she was in Congress and worked hard. She was really loud. Everybody in the plane could hear.” Later in the flight she is reported to have had a “friendly visit” with the displaced passengers.
She treats her staff like dirt:
Another former aide added that the congresswoman would clock her on how long it took her to run an updated schedule print-out from Jackson Lee’s office in the Rayburn building to the House floor. “She would actually physically time you in terms of from office to getting to the [House] floor and finding her, hunting her down,” the staffer said. Then Jackson Lee would demand, “what took you so long?”
On Christmas Eve, one staffer was at a midnight mass ceremony at her church. When the boss called, the staffer didn’t answer. “She got so irritated that I wasn’t answering her call on Christmas Eve. So she called me every minute for 56 minutes,” the source recalled.
Several former employees have cited her demeanor and incidents such as the travel arrangement altercations as a major reason why so many staffers leave her office. The Houston Chronicle reported that one staffer even quit after she threw a cell phone at him.
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.
Ms. Jackson Lee is racist and not too bright:
Jackson Lee has always been quick to assign racism as a motive of her political opponents and others. In 1997, for example, The Hill reported that the newly-elected congresswoman asked NASA officials whether the Mars Pathfinder photographed the American flag astronaut Neil Armstrong had planted on the surface of Mars. When it was pointed out that the flag in question was on the moon, not Mars, Jackson Lee cited bigotry. “You thought you could have fun with a black woman member of the Science Committee,” her then chief of staff wrote in a letter to the editor.
Last last year she got up on the House floor to celebrate the victory in Vietnam and the “two Vietnams, side by side, North and South.”
According to frontpagemag.com:
Last year, Lee tried to denounce the Tea Party as racist at an NAACP meeting, but in the middle of it she forgot the word for sheets, and condemned them for wearing, “uh, clothing with a name.”
In February, Congress was debating federal spending. And Sheila Jackson-Lee got up to make her contribution denouncing a Pepsi commercial as racist.
Jackson-Lee opposed repealing Obamacare because that would violate the Fifth Amendment’s right to Due Process.
According to thehill.com:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Friday strongly suggested that members of Congress are making it difficult for President Obama to raise the debt ceiling because of his race.
She is odd:
She sometimes demands two staffers in two cars pick her up from the airport, one for her, the other for her luggage.
On one occasion, she demanded an aide wear a green hat when picking her up.
Her aides say she is a hoarder.
When getting into the car in the morning, she will give her aide directions to the Rayburn building one block away, even if the aide has been driving her there every morning for months or years.
She was in bed with Enron:
According to Brody Mullins in Congress Daily, “Enron and its employees pumped $24,000 into Jackson Lee’s campaign, helping her raise nearly $600,000-three times as much as Washington raised for his previous reelection.” (Quoted in PIRG report on Enron).
Though known as a liberal, Jackson Lee sometimes breaks with the Democratic Party line, particularly on trade issues. In 2000 she favored permanently normalizing trade status for China, arguing that it would aid both human rights and Houston’s economy. (It was also a priority for Enron Corporation, with which she has financial ties). Hoping to boost the Houston area’s oil industry, Jackson Lee sided with DeLay in backing President George W. Bush’s energy plan, strongly criticized by environmentalists.
- Votes against national security measures (what does that mean for a potential Secretary of Homeland Security?)
- Supports gun control
- Co-sponsored a bill, “Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans” (just how many Japanese Latin Americans were interned and deported during World War II?)
- Is a publicity hound
This post could be much longer. There is a whole lot of proof that this woman is not fit for any public office. Her actions reveal she has zero understanding of her role as a civil servant.
The sad thing is that most politicians could be accused of the same bad behavior and lack of intelligence exhibited by Ms. Jackson Lee.
The scary thing is that these people represent the pool of individuals from which our presidents pick the heads of federal agencies – agencies that are collecting our private data and militarizing local police forces, among other nefarious activities.