This is the straw that’s breaking the camel’s back in the ongoing saga of A.J. Carrillo Sinks the Fischer Ship. Greg Fischer’s Communications Director (we aren’t naming her because the story isn’t really about her) is resigning. She’ll begin working for the Clinton campaign this Saturday.
We hear from several little birdies on the Fischer campaign that a couple things called sexism and ignorance are prevalent under A.J.’s management. There’s no excuse for treating women like second-class citizens. And being politically inept is embarrassing. It doesn’t help that A.J. repeatedly does things like use the Communications Director’s laptop to send controversial information via email– in her name– while she’s away from her desk. We also hear he’s not keen on running the morning meeting or being aware of what’s going on– he leaves it up to his staff.
It’s no wonder we receive tips from staff on a regular basis.
While it doesn’t directly relate to Greg Fischer as a candidate, in the end he’s responsible for his campaign manager’s behavior. Allowing things to get so difficult and uncomfortable for a respected staff member without stepping in to find a resolution is indicative of indifference or disconnection. Either doesn’t sit too well with many folks with whom we have spoken.
P.S. Congratulations to the Communications Director on the new job.
UPDATE @ Noon: To clarify, the campaign’s Communications Director has not been a source for us. It’s four other individuals. (We can prove it, confidentially, if need be.)
And the bit about sexism and ignorance isn’t solely directed toward the Communications Director. It’d be absolutely silly to assume she couldn’t handle herself in any situation. We know her to be a strong woman, both personally and professionally. She’s not the type to cave under pressure.
That doesn’t change the fact that sexism has been alleged by other individuals. It’s no secret that Fischer’s male powers that be have been sexist. That’s just a given in Kentucky politics.