Extry, Extry, Michele Bachmann Not Nice
Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers from her failed presidential bid, according to a former top campaign official. Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any "unethical, immoral, or criminal activity" they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters.Can you do that? Can you hire somebody and make them sign a pledge that they will not report you for doing illegal things? Maybe I'm naive, but I never heard of that before. Well, maybe like the Mafia, but ...
Waldron said the staffers are owed a mere $5,000, and that Bachmann has more than $2 million in her campaign account, but has refused to pay unless the staffers sign the agreement. Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers
And even worse to get the work out of them first, and then tell them they have to promise not to rat on the boss if they want to be paid.
There's more at the link, but there are a few angles to this.
“I feel a moral obligation to see that my Christian brothers and sisters are paid for worked performed in good faith. I’ve continually communicated by telephone and email with Mr. Pollack for 1 year but he broke every promise made to me to pay the staff. I appealed to Dr. [Marcus] Bachmann for help. I appealed to Representative Bachmann’s Chief of Staff Robert Boland to intercede with Mrs. Bachmann on behalf of her loyal Iowa staff — all of whom are married, all have children,” Waldron said in the press release.Well, I'll say this, it is hard to assert the you hold the high moral ground when you rip off the people who worked to help you.
“It is sobering to think that a Christian member of Congress would betray her testimony to the Lord and the public by withholding earned wages from deserving staff,” Waldron added.
Snark aside, it is a deadly prejudice of Christians to think that they are some how "more good" than anyone else -- as if other people don't have consciences, or can't tell right from wrong, or have no motivation to behave ethically. They really seem to believe that they are less likely to lie, or to cheat somebody, to be mean, to make stupid choices, to be bigots, to commit sexual offenses, to be greedy, and the result is that they just make more elaborate and unbelievable excuses when they do evil things, which they do just as often as anybody else.
Oh, this is rich, referring to Bachmann's campaign as "unnatural!"
“They wanted us to have no further conversation [with police] without first notifying Michelle’s attorneys, and we just refused,” he told Salon. “We’ve been lied to at every turn.”
“This story is important. I’ve got five soldiers, as it were, five men who are willing to stand and not capitulate to this unnatural pressure that is coming from the Bachmann campaign. It’s just immoral what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to shut us up. You want to get paid? You gotta sign this agreement and not talk to either the police or lawyers,” he continued.