What leaders do.
Regardless of whether you’re a big Chris Christie fan or not, you have to like what he did yesterday in the face of this “Bridgegate” scandal. Christie stepped up to the plate and apologized.
“I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey,” he said. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.”
He announced that he had terminated Bridget Kelly effective immediately because she lied to him.
If you missed it, Bridget Kelly in conjunction with some others sent an e-mail saying they needed to create a traffic jam to punish some Democratic mayor who didn’t support Christie’s re-election. But here’s what’s significant, folks. When he discovered someone had lied, he took responsibility and did something about it. That’s what leaders do. Leaders don’t try to spin the story. Leaders don’t try to ignore the story. Leaders don’t promote the people that lied.
They get fired.
That’s in contrast to our president, who quite frankly did the opposite of all three of those qualities relative to a lot of the scandals going on in Washington D.C., one of the biggest being the IRS scandal. The president has appointed someone to head up the IRS scandal investigation who was a big supporter of his when he was running for president. Some of us see a conflict of interest here. Rob’s piece yesterday gives details about that.
Now you say: How do you find objective people to head up the investigation? Easy. Look for them. Remember the Bowles Simpson Debt Commission report? They had no political skin in the game so they put together a report, and the president ignored every last one of those recommendations? So what do you think he’s going to do with this report? Ignore it if there’s any meat at all there.
But what Gov. Christie did is what leaders do.
Now he’s going to get demonized by the liberals. “Oh, he’s just positioning himself to run for president in 2016! So what? Tell me that Hillary and two dozen other people may not be positioning themselves to run for president in 2016. The point is the man stepped up and did something about it. Now this doesn’t mean I’m a big Chris Christie fan. I’m just admiring the leadership he showed on this Bridgegate thing. And the fact that he was able to step up and take responsibility and do something about it, and then stand there before the press for over an hour and take questions nonstop says something about the man.
This is not a coronation of Chris Christie, but it definitely represents a contrast in leadership, and most of you know we have a severe deficiency in that in Washington D.C. right now.