For the next couple of weeks, Really Bad Boss will be reposting our most popular and commented on bad boss stories of 2009. Today, we’ll highlight some of the best bad political boss stories of the year. From Mark Sanford to Kwame Kilpatrick, some politicians went to great lengths to unsuccessfully cover up secret lives…
Text and the City – Embarrassing text messages between Kwame Kilpatric (Detroit, Michigan mayor) and former mayoral chief of staff Christine Beatty (not his wife) were made public yesterday. We are really big fans of Kwame Kilpatric. Why? Besides the fact that he gives us so much to work with, the only thing worse than a really bad boss is a really bad boss who doesn’t know when to sit down and shut up. After weeks of vehemently denying the affair, perjuring himself in court and refusing to resign even though EVERYONE KNEW HE WAS LYING, prosecutors revealed the existence of the text messages that would ultimately seal his fate. Now that the messages have been made public, they reveal quite a few salty exchanges between the two. Nice mayoral conduct Kwame and yet another example of bosses behaving badly. To read the nastiness in detail, click here.
Don’t cry for me Argentina – Well, as we reported yesterday, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was indeed in Argentina, trying to get his groove back. In an emotional, tear filled press conference, Sanford (ironically tanned) apologized to his wife, his children and, it seems, to everyone else in the world. Sanford, unlike many other of his ilk didn’t deny having the affair and came clean about it before evidence surfaced that would prove he was lying (think Kilpatrick, Edwards). We can argue ad nauseam about whether or not unfaithful politicians should continue to be trusted by their constituents, but in Sanford’s case, what’s unarguable is his M.I.A routine. You can’t just go AWOL because you feel a sudden urge to get your groove on. Abandoning your office – even temporarily – without alerting your staff or your family, is inexcusable and cause for serious questioning of your mental stability.
I’m not a South Carolina resident, and ultimately the decision lies with them. But in our opinion, Sanford’s disappearing act is a surefire sign of a Really Bad Boss.
This is happening waaaay too often – These politicians are keeping me busy. Last week while I was lollygagging about up north minding my own business, yet another Senator admitted to having sexay times with someone other than his wife, practically begging me to write about him here.
This time the senator was 47 year old Paul Stanley (R-TN), and his “indiscretion” was with a 22 year old intern. The conservative Republican (of course) and abstinence only supporter (of course, of course), admitted to having a sexual relationship with his intern. After much soul searching the senator decided to come clean because his conscience wouldn’t allow him to continue with the hypocrisy. NOT. What really happened was the intern’s boyfriend got a hold of some nudie pictures the senator took of his girlfriend and tried to blackmail him. It was only then that the Senator saw the light and fessed up about the affair to local authorities, stopping the blackmailer in his tracks. The boyfriend is now charged with trying to extort $10,000 from the senator. And the senator has joined our growing list of political Really Bad Bosses.
As if the whole sordid tale wasn’t bad enough, guess how Stanley met his current wife? You guessed it, she was once his intern. Read the entire hot mess of a story here.
Tomorrow: Affairs weren’t the only deception by politician’s in 2009