Thursday, January 24, 2013

Former Staffers Of U.S. Secetary Of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel Do Not Paint A Flattering Picture Of Their Past Boss

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Who Are The Best And Worst Bosses On Capitol Hill? -- Washington Times

Congressional staffer turnover rates help tell the story

Hiding knives from a member of Congress for fear of your own life. Having cellphones thrown at you. Being cursed at in front of your parents. Being told, “I’m a queen, and I demand to be treated like one.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, has a reputation as one of the toughest taskmasters in Congress to have as a boss, and the numbers appear to justify it.

The Washington Times analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates and found 27 members who — over a period of four or more years — lost an annual average of at least one-third of their staff who sought calmer pastures or were fired.

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My Comment: As a Senator, Chuck Hagel  ranked #2 in the Senate for staff turnover. Here is a taste of what the staffers in the Pentagon may be facing ....

.... “He was ‘The Cornhusker wears Prada’ to his staff, some of whom describe their former boss as perhaps the most paranoid and abusive in the Senate, one who would rifle through staffers’ desks and berate them for imagined disloyalty,” former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin told political analyst Taylor Marsh about Mr. Hagel.


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