Thin-Skinned Gov. Bobby Jindal Fires Worker Day After She Voices Criticism

October 10, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, known for his comical “Howdy Doody” rebuttal speech to President Obama’s Congressional address in February, is also known for being thin-skinned. And he allegedly fired a state worker in retaliation for publicly criticizing his plans to privatize state services.

The state worker, Melody Teague, a Department of Social Services contract grants reviewer, voiced her criticism of Gov. Jindal during a forum held by the Commission for Streamlining Government, held on October 1.

The next day, Teague was fired from her Job. She was told her termination was due to her poor handling, four-years ago, of the Hurricane Katrina disaster food stamps program. Teague believes she was fired in retaliation for speaking out against Jindal’s policies.

Jindal claims Teague had been under investigation for months and that her public criticism of him, was a “secondary” matter.

Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Chris Whittington has launched an investigation into the firing, and says that the unfair termination is unethical. “For all of his talk about ethics reform, how ethical is it to fire a state employee for expressing her opinion publicly at a forum?” said Whittington.

Jindal is known for trying to silence his critics. Tammie McDaniel, a member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, was nearly forced out of her position by Jindal, after questioning a state official’s budget decisions.

Additionally, Jindal fired James Champagne, the executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, a 12-year state veteran, after he disagreed with Jindal over the state’s motorcycle helmet law.

Teague’s lawyer, Mark Falcon says his client plans to appeal her termination through the Civil Service appeals process.



One Response to “Thin-Skinned Gov. Bobby Jindal Fires Worker Day After She Voices Criticism”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 11th, 2009 10:48 pm

    Louisiana has higher taxes and worse road maintenance than Mississippi, Arkansas, or Texas. Perhaps the Governor is putting the extra tax money in his pocket?

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