It Ain’t Just the Lies, It’s the Stupidity

Brian Zick

In the NY Times editorial on the Bush administration's "never-ending push to turn federal agencies into favor-filled partisan clubhouses," attention is called to Lurita Doan, chief of the General Services Administration, who investigators found had violated the Hatch Act. Like so many Bush appointees lately summoned to account by Congress, Ms. Doan repeatedly said she could not recall details of the meeting. In a bit of novelty, she claimed to be engrossed in reading her BlackBerry e-mail messages. Investigators of the United States Office of Special Counsel found no forensic evidence that she was using electronic devices during the meeting. Her other defense — that her accusers were poor-performing malcontents — was also found untrue, with several holding merit citations.

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