Liz Hates That

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Elizabeth Becton is the gatekeeper for Rep. Jim McDermott. You want to see him, you go through her. Normally, she’s a dutiful public servant.

Just don’t call her “Liz,” or she’ll hack off chunks of your face with a rusty spoon.

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36 Responses to “Liz Hates That”

  1. #1 |  dave smith | 

    I’d like to meet Rep. McDermontt. Who do I talk to again?

    I hope everyone calls her “Liz” from now on.

    What a nut job.

  2. #2 |  Psion | 

    Lizzie Becton got an axe
    Gave her e-mailers forty whacks.
    Then Jim learned what she had done
    Now she lives off her 401 … (k)

  3. #3 | | 

    Liz definitely needs a bus dropped on her.

  4. #4 |  thomasblair | 

    The bitch made $88k/yr last year to schedule appointments and lecture folks who assume a nickname.

  5. #5 |  CC | 

    I am really REALLY tempted to send her an email that says “Hi Liz!”

  6. #6 |  Chris Berez | 

    I can think of a name to call her. Here’s a hint: it’s descriptive of her personality, it starts with a “C”, and it’ll piss her off way more than being called Liz.

  7. #7 |  Tim C | 

    #5 – “Cliz”?

    I suppose “Liza” is right out….

  8. #8 |  Tim C | 

    Another thought: “Let me put it this way, they don’t know me and perhaps they were PRETENDING to know me better than they do and pretended that I go by Liz. They did YOU a disservice.”

    Um, just how much coke does Liz Baby do, anyway?

  9. #9 |  Rhayader | 

    I think the best part is her desperate insistence on finding out who “told” the emailer to use the name Liz, like there is some vast beltway conspiracy to get everyone to use a commonly accepted nickname for this one particular tiny piece of the bureaucratic machine.

    Plenty of people have an aversion to common nicknames; most just aren’t egotistical enough to mention it twice, let alone lecture about it a dozen times in a single email correspondence.

  10. #10 |  CJJScout | 

    Awesome! I say we launch a massive call in campaign to speak with Liz. (202) 225-3106, if anyone wants to try.

  11. #11 |  Jozef | 

    When I was young and stupid, I used to get violent whenever anyone called me “Joe”. Now that I’m older and on medication, I merely ignore such people.

  12. #12 |  IrishMike | 

    Was pretty easy to google around and find her apparent email address. And the fact that this story is everywhere. Which leads me to believe that I am going to be one of thousands of people sending her a “Hi Liz” email in the next few minutes.

  13. #13 |  Jim | 

    For those with weak Google-fu:

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    ‘nobody calls me Francis. and if any of you homos touch my stuff- I’ll kill you!’

    I can’t believe how patient the woman who emailed her was after Liz bitched at her multiple times. I’m glad to see she’s getting smacked around!

  15. #15 |  chance | 

    I’m just a little bit on her side. It really pisses me off when people mangle my name. Yeah, she over reacted, but I know where she’s coming from.

  16. #16 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Somebody needs to get laid.

    And change at #15, I know exactly what you mean.

  17. #17 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I mean chance at #15!

  18. #18 |  Dave Krueger | 

    We have an Elizabeth where I work who has a four-letter last name. When she emails me, she calls me Krueger, so it only seems only right that I should be able to use her much shorter last name. But, for the life of me, I have never called people I know by their last name unless it’s preceded one of the common honorifics. Typing out her name doesn’t really irritate me, but the fact that I think about this every time I send her an email does.

    I would never call her Liz unless she referred to herself that way first. For all I know, she could be a serial killer and that’s the trigger.

  19. #19 |  Aresen | 

    While I personally dislike people I do not know calling me by my given name, it is no big issue. (I just mentally mark the person down as a glad-handing twit.)

    IMHO, it is only common courtesy to use the form of address that ta person prefers when speaking to them.

    OTOH, I find it very useful to derail someone in a call centre or a telemarketer by interrupting their spiel and telling them not to use my given name.

  20. #20 |  SJE | 

    Aresen and others, I agree that calling her “Liz” was overly familiar glad-handing, and got smacked down. OK, and there was an apology. But the continued tirades, ON TAXPAYER-PAID TIME…sounds like Liz needs a break. Perhaps 6 mo on the unemployment line should about do it.

    Memo to Liz: people are begging for a job like yours at 88k and benefits. Who the hell do you think you are? My secretary does way more for her pay (not “scheduling”) but if she EVER spoke to someone like that, I’d be talking to HR right now and having you reassigned.

  21. #21 |  Chris | 

    settle down Francis

  22. #22 |  Tim C | 

    By my very rough calculations, the minimum Ms. Lizard wasted here was 10 bucks. (Assuming 2080 hour work year, HA, and being very charitable an average of a couple minutes per response, then estimation and rounding). I’m willing to bet it’s a lot more though, since she likely fumed for a good half hour over some of these.

  23. #23 |  Michael Litoris | 

    At least I have a genuine reason to dislike it when people call me, “Mike Litoris.”

  24. #24 |  nobahdi | 

    Liz is a bitch.

  25. #25 |  anarch | 

    “Let me put it this way, they don’t know me and perhaps they were PRETENDING to know me better than they do”

    Problem solved!

  26. #26 |  Catherine Windsor | 

    It is absurd how many people are weighing in on this subject. Is is possible that they didn’t print all the emails that actually transpired between Ms. Becton and the woman at McBee? There has been an assumption made that the other emailer was a man. Check your facts and you will find that it was a woman. Surely, there was some editorial license taken to make a story out of nothing. From reading all the comments on different blogs, I have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of people who have too much time on their hands and they are making a mountain out of a mole hill. McBee is a lobbying firm and they are not constituents of Congressman McDermott’s. I’m wondering how this is going to play with McBee and their clients? Who sent the email from McBee? Who wants to trust someone so petty that they would spend the time to doctor an email and take out and embellish an email to implicate someone like Ms. Becton? I think McBee’s female assistant is more at fault than anyone here. She took the time to send emails to Politico for personal gain. So typical of a lobbyist.

  27. #27 |  Seafarious | 

    The politico comments are about as you’d expect. ’til you reach this gem:

    This is a direct attack on Schedulers, not an issue of formalities in regards to salutations! If Elizabeth had been a Richard and the request was sent to ?Dick? I don?t think we?d be reading the same poorly reported hill vomit! Shame on you Anne- for authoring such nonsensically crap, and at the same time thank you for reminding us that bad journalism and reality TV style editing still make the headlines. Scheduling is not for the faint of heart, the really nice, nor the pushovers. The biggest complaint I received while I was Scheduler was that I was too accommodating and nice. The schedulers who are praised and succeed are the ?bad guys? and cover for their Boss, while demanding respect for the crucial role they play. The suggested correlation between calling Elizabeth by a nick-name and not getting a meeting is absurd! The email correspondence that you left out because it was deemed unrelated is a great way of covering your ass, as I?m sure if you actually reported a story with all the facts and information there wouldn?t have been much of a story at all. Only because I have a scheduling trained eye- It is obvious to me that the this request was handled improperly, in that two or more lobbyist were requesting this meeting- were not corresponding with each other, made novice mistakes and/or purposely requested the same meeting to confuse the scheduler and move it for the kill during the mess. It?s the old bait and switch- Lobbyist A: You send the request to the scheduler, then I will send a request as well that looks slightly different. The scheduler will get confused, drop the ball, and then will have to schedule our meeting to make amends. Lobbyist B: Great idea, you address your email to Elizabeth and I?ll address my to Liz Lobbyist C: Great idea guys, and then I call the office and leave 2 voicemails daily, follow up with an 80 page fax and then harass the front desk because I know Elizabeth is there, she just doesn?t want to talk to us. – And yes, it worked! They got a rise out of Elizabeth, most likely their meeting. I would like to make a request that the facts of this article be checked and that Anne Schroeder Mullins? connection with the scheduling world and the lobbyist in this article be reviewed! I am starting to smell a conflict and a smear campaign at the expense of Elizabeth?..Politico take action and responsibility for this misuse of the press to propel a personal agenda! Ethics should include the press taking donations from lobbyist as well! I hope all your paperwork is in line Anne- and that you and your friends are exposed! To my fellow schedulers: Viva La Resistance!

  28. #28 |  Aresen | 

    SJE # 20: Agree completely.

    Except for the call centers and telemarketers, who I want to slap down*, I can’t be bothered to mention it to a person I am talking to.

    *The call center types in particular. You are trying to get your problem with your internet service/cable service/phone service/whatever fixed. They are being as condescending as possible, while using your given name in order to sound “friendly”.

    Michael L # 23.

    If I ever make that error, you have every right to call me an ignorant boob. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that it dawned on me that, if there is an obvious pun on a person’s name, that person has heard it thousands of times and thoroughly detests it.

  29. #29 |  freedomfan | 

    I don’t really care that she takes such offense at the familiarity taken with her name. I mean, okay, so Ms. Becton has a Bitch Button and someone pressed it. I have a hard time taking people like that as seriously as they so desperately want to be taken, but whatever.

    I am far more dismayed at her inquisitional attitude about who referred to her that way and, even more, her apparent conceit that people are using her for name dropping. “People like to brag about their connections in DC.” I feel fairly certain that no one is bragging that they know some Rep’s scheduling drone. Give me a break! She’s paid $88k (+ fed benefits?) of our taxes to find blank spaces on the pages of a datebook and write people’s names in them; she doesn’t get to go all Sheriff Buford T. Justice because someone got her name wrong.

    It goes to this whole “We DC-types are so special and important that everyone loves us and wants to curry our favor” attitude that goes hand in hand with “We have the wisdom to solve all your problems if only the benighted ‘citizens’ would stop trying to check our power and just trust us to do what’s best for them.”

    BTW, Aresen, there are those with such names who either don’t know or don’t care. I read a story some time ago about an Aiken County (GA) Sheriff whose slogan was “Mike Hunt / Accessible For You”. He won. Frankly, in many local elections, it’s probably a decent bet that having a memorable name and a sense of humor goes a long way toward success at the ballot box.

  30. #30 |  Liza Plenty | 

    I have the opposite problem.

  31. #31 |  CC | 

    Catharine Windsor-

    You’re reading about this story on multiple blogs and you’re saying WE have too much free time?

  32. #32 |  Bronwyn | 

    Guess I’m lucky. People struggle so much with my (phonetically spelled) name that they completely forget to try and dub me Brony or B or any of a host of nicks given me by loved ones.

    On the plus side, I can tell whether or not you’re an idiot just by listening to you pronounce my full name.

  33. #33 |  Nando | 

    I just had to send her an email. Here it is:

    Hi Liz!

    I can’t believe that email trail I read on Politico this morning. I’m surprised you haven’t made the comedian circuit yet but I’m sure you will soon. Did you have too much coffee that morning? Jeez,

    All the best,

  34. #34 |  Aresen | 

    @ freedomfan # 29

    Point taken. Not everyone objects. Sometimes people find it flattering. But I suspect most don’t like it.

    (I once knew a guy named Richard Big. You made the obvious pun at your own extreme risk.)

  35. #35 |  Mario | 

    She “hates” being called Liz? I’m pretty sure Queen Elizabeth II would be absolutely indignant at being called Liz; and yet it’s unimaginable that she would carry on so.

    Ms. Becton (or however the hell she prefers to be addressed) is what we call a nut case.

  36. #36 |  CC | 

    And now she’s been totally shredded by Keith Olbermann. Which makes me officially feel bad for her, because hey, Keith Olbermann’s a dick.