Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Fired for backing Kerry, hired by Kerry himself!

From Salon.com's War room:

Perhaps that's the latest addition to wronged Alabama worker Lynne Gobbell's bumper sticker collection? The former employee of the company Enviromate, who, as War Room noted yesterday, was fired by her Bush-loving boss Phil Geddes for refusing to remove a pro-Kerry bumper sticker from her car, has been offered a new gig by none other than John Kerry himself.

As Slate's Timothy Noah reports today, a wave of blogger and media attention on the issue has prompted Geddes to step down from his pro-Bush bully pulpit and offer a well-deserved apology to Gobbell. But it's too little, too late:

"By this morning, Geddes, who has declined to comment publicly on the matter, had apparently had enough of the bad publicity. Through an intermediary, he offered Gobbell an apology and said she could have her old job back. But Gobbell said she wouldn't return without some written guarantee that Geddes wouldn't turn around and fire her once he was out of the spotlight.

Then, late this afternoon, Kerry himself phoned Gobbell. 'He was telling me how proud he was that I stood up,' Gobbell told me. 'He'd read the part where Phil said I could either work for him or work for John Kerry. He said, You let him know you're working for me as of today. I was just so shocked.'"

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