Its been well known the Sheila Jackson Lee’s brain lights are set to dim. Some would say that she rivals Barbara Boxer for the title of dumbest person in Congress. Jackson Lee who once wasted the time of Congress with a piece of legislation to honor the late Michael Jackson (A Tribute to an American Legend and Musical Icon) that made the accused child molester seem like Mother Teresa. Then there was the time she stood on the floor of the house discussing how North and South Vietnam are living peacefully side by side, even though there hasn’t been a North and South Vietnam since Gerald Ford was President.
Adding to her resume of incompetence, the IQ-challenged lawmaker is being sued by one of her former staffers for being particularly nasty about her disability.
This isn’t the first time Jackson-Lee has been accused of being a tyrant. Back in March the Daily Caller examined Jackson-Lee’s management skills, and it wasn’t pretty.” The report said the Texas progressive may be the most demanding insensitive boss on Capitol Hill, a building known for nasty bosses.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas also hands out nicknames to the people who work for her. The Houston Democrat addressed one of her employees as “you stupid motherfucker.” And not just once, but “constantly,” recalls the staffer, “like, all the time.”
Another Jackson Lee aide recounts the time her parents came to Washington to visit: “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.”
Today the Washington Times is reporting that the IQ-challenged lawmaker was particularly cruel to one of her disabled employees.
…..a former top aide to the Texas Democrat, said the lawmaker’s public support for the disabled was nowhere to be found in her own congressional office when it came to the aide’s vision impairment. Mona Floyd, who served as the congresswoman’s legislative director, has monocular vision. She said she was told by Mrs. Jackson Lee in a private conversation within weeks of the hearing, “I don’t care anything about your disability.”
Another time, when Ms. Floyd, a lawyer, brought up her disability, she said another staffer told her the congresswoman had said, “I don’t give a damn about her disability.”
The accusations were outlined in a sharply-worded lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Washington, which seeks unspecified pay and compensatory and punitive damages. According to the complaint, Ms. Floyd, who did not return phone messages this week for comment, received reasonable accommodations for her vision disability when she went to work for the congresswoman in August 2007. But Ms. Floyd said in the court papers, the congresswoman became dismissive when she returned in February 2010 to become Mrs. Jackson Lee’s legislative director.
….According to the court papers, Ms. Floyd started working in the office as a fellow through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which told Mrs. Jackson Lee’s office that Ms. Floyd was vision impaired and needed special computer software and accommodations. When the software didn’t work, Ms. Floyd instead was given rest breaks and extra time to finish tasks, the lawsuit said.
Under those circumstances, Ms. Floyd said she did well and was hired on permanently as the congresswoman’s director of health policy and senior legislative assistant, the suit said. In that role, Ms. Floyd said, she personally told the congresswoman about her vision problems and helped draft legislation addressing deficiencies in the educational system for people with vision disabilities.
Ms Floyd left Jackson-Lee’s office in December 2007 and returned in early 2010.
Despite assurances the office again would make accommodations for her disability, Ms. Floyd said that never happened and she found herself working from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. without any rest breaks, which she called “physically impossible” given her vision problems.
In the lawsuit, Ms. Floyd said that on April 26, 2010, Mrs. Jackson Lee gave her numerous reading-related assignments before adding that it shouldn’t take 10 years to finish. She left the office in September.
“The representative regularly made these types of derogatory comments about the speed of Ms. Floyd’s work, which the representative knew was a result of her vision impairment,” the lawsuit said.
Here’s the sick part, publicly Sheila Jackson Lee advocates for the disabled and used Ms. Floyd as an example.
In a hearing on the Americans With Disabilities Act, she noted there were 3 million people in Texas with disabilities and she was working on legislation to help visually impaired students at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
“It addresses major concerns of visually impaired Americans that were brought to our attention through meetings with organizations representing those visually impaired,” Mrs. Jackson Lee said.
She also complimented her staff and singled out Ms. Floyd.
A former boss of mine used to describe her philosophy on interpersonal relationships this way, “I can handle people who are nasty, and I can handle people who are stupid, but I just can’t handle people who are stupid and nasty.” Well, looking at the latest revelations about Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, my boss would have hated the progressive Representative from Texas. Sadly her constituency keeps on reelecting, this embarrassment to the Congress and indeed the entire country.