Politics Man, How Did I Miss This?
posted by March 24 at 10:39 AMon
State Sen. Pam Roach has been banned from contact with any employee of the Senate Republican caucus after Senate party leaders say she forced employees to work excessively long days and demanded they pledge their loyalty to her.
The News Tribune obtained the two-page reprimand from Senate Republican leadership through a public records request Wednesday. That came after Roach e-mailed the media, accusing other senators of plotting her demise.
In addition to the loyalty pledge, the Auburn Republican asked staff members to spend an “inordinate amount of time” with her, complained about other senators and created an “intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment,” according to the document, signed by the four members of the Senate GOP leadership….
In 2003, Roach was reprimanded and asked to seek counseling after more than five years of staff complaints. During that time, staffers said she a brandished a handgun at a staffer, illegally obtained employees’ e-mails and drove some to quit. One former employee later received $2,500 from the Senate for counseling.
Despite the gun-brandishing and call-for-counseling incidents named above, whenever I think of Roach’s demeanor, one thing comes to mind: her “flowers” speech on the state Senate floor. Someone moved the senator’s flowers, you see. If you haven’t heard it before, you really must listen to it over here at HorsesAss, complete with audio embellishment.