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Monday, March 24, 2008

Man, How Did I Miss This?

posted by on March 24 at 10:39 AM

Speaking of bullies, was this on Slog last week? Hell, even if it was, here it is again.

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.

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Dominic, how did you miss this?

Posted by Mike of Renton | March 24, 2008 10:43 AM

uh, the gun incident should have gotten her impeached.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 24, 2008 10:45 AM

Mike of Renton, I posted that at the end of a "This Week on Drugs." I think that was last fall.

Posted by Dominic Holden | March 24, 2008 10:47 AM

As almost anyone who has seen her in action will attest, Pam Roach is batshit crazy. It is a mystery to me how she keeps getting re-elected.

Posted by Kalakalot | March 24, 2008 10:53 AM

@3 Ok, sorry about that.

Re: Roach: When I listened to that clip, I remembered a line from Chris Rock: "I told you that bitch is crazy!"

Posted by Mike of Renton | March 24, 2008 11:04 AM

she gave some kind of speech about penises years ago - total whack job - of course - she was either horny as hell - or - just recovering from the wonder fuck and rhapsodic...(good Mormon as well)

she is part and parcel of the vast right wing nut job Oly network

let's defeat her in the next round - god, would I and many others gloat

TOTAL homophobe as well going back a century or so it seems

Posted by John | March 24, 2008 11:09 AM

john, it was during a debate over a bill to let mothers breast feed in public. roachie was adamantly against it and said (on the senate floor) "would you let a man wear his gonads around his neck like a tie?" i think it passed anyway. and yes, she is certifiably bat-shit crazy, and her constituents must be too, to keep re-electing her. but her district is auburn and black diamond, etc. that may explain a few things.

Posted by scary tyler moore | March 24, 2008 11:16 AM

Y'all are just sore that she made sex with farm animals illegal.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 24, 2008 11:25 AM

She sounds like Captian Queeg. Pretty soon she'll go off the bend about some missing strawberries.

Posted by Cori | March 24, 2008 11:26 AM

I'm just glad I learned from the Slog instead of the police that the old scrotum-as-necktie thing isn't legal in Washington. Natives of this state take so much of what they know for granted.

Posted by elenchos | March 24, 2008 11:29 AM

Mixed metaphor alert: "off the deep end" or "around the bend", not "off the bend". Oops.

Posted by Cori | March 24, 2008 11:31 AM

@9 you beat me to the strawberries, that was my instant reaction to her flowers tirade!

Posted by too late | March 24, 2008 11:43 AM

Ok...this is a time bomb.

Why is this woman still allowed to serve in the state Senate and why isn't she receiving help for her compulsive, potentially very violent and dangerous nature?

Posted by Bauhaus | March 24, 2008 11:45 AM

i went to elementary school with two of her sons. they all looked like their dad. i used to go visit their house once in awhile, but stopped because even at 8 years old, i knew she was cuckoo. no guns brandished at me, though. that was nice.


Posted by diggum | March 24, 2008 11:46 AM
Posted by scary tyler moore | March 24, 2008 12:33 PM

Nice audio clip. She's got that lovely Intermountain West accent (often characterized by pen and pin sounding exactly the same). She needs to get out more. Like out of the Senate. ha.

Posted by brappy | March 24, 2008 12:58 PM

I hope she stays in Honduras. Permanently.

On second thought, I don't want to wish devil spawn upon them. We can always hope for some flesh eating disease or something like that. Or something poisonous that doesn't have a cure but has a long, painful, drawn out death.

She looks like that pink insane teacher from Harry Potter anyways. Sickly sweet to your face and the pinnacle of evil upon obtaining power.

Posted by Dave Coffman | March 24, 2008 1:17 PM

'Pin' and 'pen' are homophones. :P

Posted by gfish | March 24, 2008 4:46 PM

This is interesting but not nearly as interesting as the fact that she accused Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt of mooning her.

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