“… This is not a complete report. …I think the attacks on Bridget Kelly, as the New York Times points out in the piece today, are so sexist and gratuitous. [...] a very strange decision to make. … They talk about her being “emotional” and… “erratic” and crying and talk about her personal relationship to no apparent end. That coupled with saying, for a former prosecutor, … for a former prosecutor to say taking the Fifth Amendment presumes … some evidence of guilt is an extraordinary thing to say… – Mark Halperin ["Morning Joe"]
FALL GIRL is clearly the role that Gov. Christie and his lawyer, Randy M. Mastro from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, have in mind for Bridget Kelly. Reducing Ms. Kelly to an “emotional” jilted woman who was overcome by her personal life so thoroughly that she couldn’t do her job, Gov. Christie’s lawyer couldn’t cover his good ‘ole boy Republican hard-on for a woman they didn’t even get to interview, but surmised from documents was one of the masterminds behind bridgegate.
Because, you know, hell hath no fury like a professional woman scorned.
Christie even lost Mark Halperin on this one, as well as Al Hunt and the entire “boy pundit” panel, to quote Samantha Bee. Hunt called Mastro “Putin’s lawyer,” and Joe Scarborough compared Mastro to “Baghdad Bob 1999.”
A lot of people are feeling repulsed by the treatment Gov. Christie’s lawyer, Mr. Mastro, gave Bridget Anne Kelly in the report, with her friends livid at the portrayal of Kelly. This could only have been done through Chritie’s permission. It seems Christie hasn’t learned from bridgegate to be more careful about the people he puts in charge, because Mastro made things worse from a public relations standpoint.
She “seemed emotional.” She was “habitually concerned about how she was perceived by the governor.” A boyfriend had ended a relationship.
[...] Though the lawyers who wrote the report did not interview her, they explain her conduct in unusually personal terms “” she is out of the office attending to a family member who had been hospitalized; a brief relationship “had cooled” at the “behest” of the man, Mr. Christie’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien.
The report raises these details but does not explain how or why they would have prompted her to send the damning email. It simply concludes that “events in her personal life may have had some bearing on her subjective motivations and state of mind.”
After the Mastro’s press conference, Gov. Christie did an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, making the whole day look like a carefully crafted marketing production to re-introduce Christie after being “cleared” of wrongdoing. It came off nakedly self-serving. He’ll be on FNC with Megyn Kelly tongith.
That Christie didn’t
notice or object blink after Mastro’s obviously sexist depiction of Bridget Kelly is more evidence of the tone deaf nature of Republicans where women are concerned. It’s more proof that establishment Republicans still think women can be reduced to 19th century stereotypes because of our relationships, which insinuates we are not capable of handling tough professional positions. It’s the oldest sexist slur in the book.
After the press conference on Thursday and upon digesting the whole event, complete with gauzy ABC interview with Sawyer, even though there’s still no evidence to tie Gov. Chris Christie to bridgegate, the sexism with which all of these Republicans decided to treat Bridget Kelly is another warning about Chris Christie and the boys he employs.
Bullying Bridget Kelly openly in a press conference yesterday, Mastro’s blatant sexism represented Gov. Chris Christie in a way that should alarm all women about what would happen if Christie ever became president.