Doan Speaks, Envisions Victory Dance
On Friday, The New York Times had a pithy assessment of ousted GSA Administrator Lurita Doan: "She exits as a minor but revealing character in a far more sweeping tale of the partisan undermining of public service."
Well, it’s not like Lurita Doan to take such swipes lying down. Today she fired back on the airwaves of Federal News Radio, giving an interview that was over-the-top even by Doan’s standards. The news from the interview is that White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and Counsel Fred Fielding told Doan she had to go, because she was a "distraction." Here are some other highlights:
-On the New York Times: "I think Thomas Jefferson said it right. He said the most accurate thing in the newspapers are the advertisements." Doan says The Times is advancing the "seductive theory" that Doan was fired for violating the Hatch Act. The real reason, Doan says, (and this might be true) is her endless feud with GSA Inspector General Brian Miller.
- On the White House demanding her resignation: Doan describes it as "bizarre" and "absolutely surreal" meeting with White House officials who called her a "distraction to progress at GSA."
-On what’s ahead: Doan said she spoke with President Calderon of Mexico and they had a great discussion of port of entry issues, but Doan was embarrassed because she didn’t speak any Spanish. So she’s going to take Spanish classes. Before becoming GSA Administrator, Doan started new Technology Management which made millions in border surveillance government contracts.
-On her eventual vindication: "I’ll be in my garden one day, maybe listening to Federal News Radio, and you guys will talk about excessive regulations…I’m going to put down my shovel and hope I get to do a little victory dance."