You may already have read about this on other websites, but I’m posting it here as a cautionary tale for those who will be spending the first months of 2012 under the Gold Dome.
For young men and women with ambitions toward a career in politics, working in a Congressional office can be a heady, almost dreamlike experience. Left unsupervised, the combination of youth indiscretion and close proximity to the nation’s levers of power produces results that can be ugly, messy and embarrassing for senior staff and even the representatives voters send to the Capitol to do the people’s work.
The Northwest Daily Marker, a political blog in Washington state, published excerpts from the twitter feeds of three staffers in the DC office of Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA2). The young staffers discussed drinking on the job, the destruction of a taxpayer-funded Blackberry, and referred to the Congressman as “my idiot boss” and “a selfish a–hole.”
Needless to say, none of the three are still employed in Congressman Larsen’s office. All I can say is thank God there was no twitter when I was in my twenties.
And of course, it goes without saying, that no shenanigans like this ever occur under Georgia’s Capitol dome.