When Munchkins Attack

Bradley Schlozman should be in jail.

Karen Stevens, Tovah Calderon and Teresa Kwong had a lot in common. They had good performance ratings as career lawyers in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. And they were minority women transferred out of their jobs two years ago — over the objections of their immediate supervisors — by Bradley Schlozman, then the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Schlozman ordered supervisors to tell the women that they had performance problems or that the office was overstaffed. But one lawyer, Conor Dugan, told colleagues that the recent Bush appointee had confided that his real motive was to “make room for some good Americans” in that high-impact office, according to four lawyers who said they heard the account from Dugan.

In another politically tinged conversation recounted by former colleagues, Schlozman asked a supervisor if a career lawyer who had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a onetime political rival of President Bush, could still be trusted.

Schlozman has acknowledged in sworn congressional testimony that he had boasted of hiring Republicans and conservatives, but he denied taking improper actions against the division’s career officials. That account was challenged by six officials in the division who said in interviews that they either overhead him making brazen political remarks about career employees or witnessed him making personnel decisions with apparent political motivation.

8 thoughts on “When Munchkins Attack

  1. …and to think we once thought the Reagan administration was the most crooked gang of thugs and waterheads to ever infest the White House…
    Good time…good times…

  2. “Good Americans” = “loyal Bushies.”
    Yup, I think that’s pretty much the equation: if you’re not a rabid Bush supporter, you’re not a good American.
    Who knew that we would come so low so quickly?

  3. far far far beyond a little ‘influence peddling'(sigh, tom lantos saying that with his sexy accent-i was an odd teenager).

  4. I love how being a Republican who didn’t vote for Bush in the primary still makes one “untrustworthy”.
    What the hell will these people do when Bush isn’t eligible to be President anymore?

  5. What I don’t understand is how these people use evasive logic worthy of a 3 year old – and seem to think that they have given an explanation. 2 examples:
    1) “he had boasted of hiring Republicans and conservatives, but he denied taking improper actions” i.e. – he boasted of applying a political loyalty oath which is blatantly illegal and unethical, he lied to cover up his actions, but he denied taking any improper actions
    2) They didn’t even have the decency to be honest about what and why they were doing it. Instead, they tried to fire folks by calling them incompetent and lazy. Something which would severely affect their professional advancement (not to mention what it did to them personally).

  6. What MapleStreet said.
    Can the equal-opportunities people wade in here to throw the book at Schlozman, or is it beyond their remit?

  7. So, what’s going to be done about it?
    Really, that is the simplest question. Those women should be suing that mother fucker into oblivion, and everybody associated with him. Contempt and felony employment law violations should be brought against schlozman, RFN, until he squeals like a stuck pig. Then he should go to prison for a long time. Then all of the people whop enabled this should follow suit, all the way up the ladder to Dick Cheney, who can no longer assert executive privlege.
    Impeachment? Okay. Start serving all of the subpoenas, now, NOW Patrick, the time is NOW, the powder has been saved for this purpose, USE IT FOR CHRISTS SAKE.

  8. While I would love to see Duckman’s wish come true, there’s a funny thing in the government / civil service world: You don’t get promoted for being right. You don’t get promoted for being smart (in fact, I was told that they were worried about me as I was smart). You get promoted by getting along and not making waves.
    So their decision is whether to “get along” or to chunk it all and start the legal process.

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