As Montanans observes National Administrative Professionals Week – and bosses across Montana honor and thank their hardworking employees – the Montana Democratic Party is expressing its sympathy to those who currently work for Congressman Hill, who is notorious for being difficult to work for.
Congressman Hill, during his tenure in the nation’s capital, was rated by George magazine as the “second most-difficult boss” in all of congress. [Source: The Associated Press, “Magazine Finds Hill Second Most Difficult Boss in Congress,” June 19, 1999.]
To earn this dubious distinction, George noted that the Congressman:
- “angrily hurled a letter opener at an aide”
- Shouted: “I don’t eat deli” to a staffer who brought him the wrong sandwich
- “fills some afternoons playing Free Cell, a computer game”’
- And went through three chiefs of staff, three legislative directors and three schedulers in two years.
There’s no sign his diva mentality has let up since. He appears to have insisted that his gubernatorial campaign pay for a new car for him to cross the state in luxury.
Other worse boss nominees over the years have included Mark Sanford, who asks his aides to wash his sheets, and Sheila Jackson Lee, who “had an intern positioned at her side all day so he’d be ready to open her Sweet ‘n Low packets for her.”