There are a lot of members of the House of Representatives that would make a koala bear seem smart. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a certain shrillness in her Marxist platitudes that could be compared to nails on a chalkboard, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s drunken press conferences have become a staple in more recent years. Then there’s Rep. Katie Porter, who manages to show her vapidness in other ways.
To hear people on the left talk, Porter is brilliant. She brings whiteboards to committee hearings and uses bags of rice to illustrate the wonders of liberal economics. On the other hand, she also thinks pedophiles are unfairly discriminated against and sees abortion as a solution to inflation.
Here’s an example of the kind of grandstanding Porter often partakes in, and if you want to gag yourself, try reading the fawning replies. She’s just so darn smart! You better not mess with her!
A Big Oil exec told me I had a "misconception" about a special tax break polluters get that other businesses don't.
So, after explaining the deduction to him, I offered to write it out of the tax code if that what he wants. Just let me know! pic.twitter.com/ML25PMnrg5
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) March 9, 2021
Of course, everything in that video was performative nonsense. There was no “Big Oil exec.” There was only the owner of a small drilling company that employed just 16 people. The “special tax break” in question was actually a deduction that allowed the non-salvageable costs of drilling to be written off in a single year, instead of being taken as losses over time. In other words, the credit was even “special.” But Porter sure did own him!
You get the idea. This is the kind of person Porter is. She’s a rabid narcissist from the highly mediocre halls of academia, who thinks talking in circles at hearings makes her noteworthy. That’s what makes none of what I’m about to share surprising.
Apparently, Porter kicked a staffer (we’ll get to their specific role in a moment) out of her office permanently for supposedly giving the congresswoman COVID-19, and be sure to follow the story until the end because things get a lot crazier.
VIBE CHECK: Rep. Katie Porter fires staffer after both test positive for COVID. Full texts from the Congresswoman firing the staffer via text. Shared with permission from staffer. pic.twitter.com/jbhn2NzrmB
— Dear White Staffers (@DWS________) December 29, 2022
Those texts from Porter reveal what an absolute lunatic she is. She doesn’t even give the staffer a chance to explain before booting her, accusing her of breaking office protocols on COVID-19 testing.
Let me stop there for a second. Who the heck is still requiring employees to follow a COVID-19 testing routine when they aren’t symptomatic? And to be sure, per the texts, the staffer was not symptomatic. Further, why would you stop a staffer from coming to pick up their personal effects in person, once they no longer have COVID-19? What an immature way to handle the situation. Besides, Porter is vaxxed and boosted (multiple times), so what is she even worried for? I’ve been assured that if you get the jabs, all will be right with the world.
But I digress, that’s just the first part of this ridiculous saga. The staffer then says that they were dealing with a serious personal issue (a friend being murdered) and that missing the test was just absent-mindedness. Porter shows no care at all, snarking back with an accusation that the staffer gave her COVID-19 (something she couldn’t possibly know) and that she has no one to care for her kids.
It’s the last message shown that really shows how duplicitous Porter is, though. According to a statement from Progressive Caucus Chair Amar Shergill, Porter attended an in-person meeting after she banned the staffer for supposedly giving her COVID-19. So, the staffer gets banned from the office permanently for not following testing protocols, but Porter was out and about — knowing she had been exposed. I guess the California congresswoman doesn’t see herself on the same level as her lowly office workers.
After the initial texts were leaked, more details came out, including Porter’s side of the story.
The staffer, Sasha Georgiades, was a Wounded Warrior Fellow who waorked as a veteran and service member liaison in Porter's office. She also told me she was not fired but was effectively banned from Porter's office.
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) December 29, 2022
She's pretty discouraged by the whole experience. She wanted to stay in politics, but "by the end of it, it just felt like, no matter what I tried to do, nothing was being received, and nothing that I was doing was being taken seriously. So I just, I couldn't do it"
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) December 29, 2022
Did you get that? This wasn’t just any staffer. This staffer was a Wounded Warrior Fellow operating as a veteran liaison for Porter’s office. She treated a military veteran like dirt over not taking a COVID-19 test. It’s just incredible.
To put a cherry on this, here’s Porter back in March, happy-talking about how she treats her staff.
Congressional staff don’t get enough recognition. I have a talented team of staffers who help me prepare for hearings, brainstorm legislation, and stay in touch with our community. I want constituents to know it’s not just me alone working for them. #EmployeeAppreciationDay
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) March 5, 2022
Some of the worst people in the world work hold public office. They are fake in borderline psychotic ways. This episode shows us the real Katie Porter, though. Perhaps her district, which almost kicked her out of office during the last mid-term, will get the message in 2024 and send her back to being an overpaid stump at some college.