It is common knowledge that Kyrsten Sinema—about as elusive according to the style of clothing like her about ideology—is one of the strangest birds in the Senate. But according to The Daily Beast, oddities at the Arizona senator’s workplace most likely violate the Senate’s code of ethics.
On Thursday, the shop publication section of what it said was a leaked 37-page internal memo that contained a bunch of employee requests from the newly-concluded independent newspaper, these, when put together , like a cross between the training routines of a famous racer and a professional athlete: For example, the sections include curious specific requirements. “Make sure to always have a bottle of room-temperature water for her, whether she’s at the office, on a call or in someone’s car,” the memo reads, which The Daily Beast said at least. two years old and maybe not. reflect the current needs of Sinema. “When someone picks up KS from the airport, they ALWAYS have a bottle of water for her… Your duty is to remind the KS staff to bring her water.”
Other sections raise ethical questions regarding the use of assistants to run personal errands for legislators. At the start of the work week, Sinema’s executive assistant had to ask “does she need groceries,” the memo states, noting that they would be reimbursed for shopping. If the internet in Sinema’s private apartment goes down, the memo asks the lawmaker’s executive assistant to “call Verizon to schedule repairs,” then send a staff member over to let Verizon employees into her home. . Suffice it to say, these requirements appear to be at odds with Senate Code of Ethicsstipulates that “employees are compensated for the purpose of assisting senators in their legislative and official representative duties, and not for the purpose of carrying out personal or illegitimate activities.” other official for themselves or on behalf of others.”
As a marathon runner and Iron Man fanatic, Sinema’s training regimen was also included in the memo, along with other commitments not to work out “wasting time.” “She wakes up very early to exercise, and sleep is very important to her,” the memo read, noting that Sinema does not start work before 8:45 a.m. and “often cannot come to work.” okay” after 8 p.m. weekdays. The senator’s diet and exercise regimen includes three separate meals during the workday and stipulates that Sinema must attend two 45-minute physical therapy sessions per week that may coincide with calls job. A former assistant told The Daily Beast that Sinema asked her staff to schedule an hour-long massage each week, sometimes booked during business hours.
In a statement to The Daily Beast, the senator’s communications director, Hannah Hurley, refuse to report. “The alleged information — derived from anonymous citations and a purported document that I cannot verify — is inconsistent with official guidance from Sen’s office,” Hurley said. Sinema and do not represent the official policies of Sen’s office. Sinema,” Hurley said. Sinema “does not require employees to do personal errands.”
The Memorandum launched as a new impetus for fairness and transparency in the workplace is spreading across the Hill. Earlier this year, anonymous complaints against lawmakers on social media helped inspire a united effort among the staff of the House of Representatives, with five offices vote for alliance to date.