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Congresswoman Sekula-Gibbs, interesting perspective on her actions

Posted by direwolff on November 19, 2006

I just happened to catch this article about Republican Congresswoman Shelly Sekula-Gibbs’s staff walkout shortly after being elected to office this year. Specifically, 7 of her aides which she inherited from our favorite hopefully-soon-to-be-a-convict, former congressman Tom “Don’t” DeLay. While I don’t know anything about Sekula-Gibbs and is the first time I’ve read anything with her name in it, I was amused by the above referenced article’s tone not to mention the comments from many who were quoted. Most noteworthy quote was the following:

“Now she’s going to be tainted with this story for her entire time in Congress,” [Gary] Polland said. “And if she decides to run in two years, the story will be, ‘That’s right, Shelley was in Congress for six weeks and ran off all of DeLay’s staff.”

Gary Polland is a former Harris County Republican chairman so I can understand this posturing, but to suggest that somehow having DeLay’s staff leave you be a bad thing, really talks to the depth of the bonds of corruption. It’s almost as though DeLay could have killed someone and still they’d be standing behind him. Please! Anyway, for whatever typical elected official faults Sekula-Gibbs may have, I’d say she’s at least exhibiting good character, and the fact that she’s calling for a congressional investigation into these aides for deleting files from the office’s computers shows some guts too. Good for her.

My second favorite quote is:

The former aides have declined to discuss their departure. But former DeLay chief of staff David James broke his silence Thursday after Sekula-Gibbs accused the aides of deleting files from the office’s computers and demanded a congressional investigation.

“Never has any member of Congress treated us with as much disrespect and unprofessionalism as we witnessed during those five days,” James said.

At a boy David, delete files from computers and suggest that you’re being treated unprofessionally and with disrespect. Looks like he learned a thing or two from his former boss. Hopefully he’ll get to join his former boss wherever they send those who are ethically bankrupt.

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