National President Dougan Issues Statement on Perry’s ‘Send Feds to a God Awful Place’ Comment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 255-9950


Washington, D.C. – In response to Governor Rick Perry’s recent statement suggesting federal workers should be reassigned to “some god awful place,” NFFE National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement:


“Governor Perry’s comments are irresponsible and insulting to the 2.1 million dedicated federal employees serving our country every day. It comes as no surprise that he would launch such baseless political attacks on federal workers. He sees a political opportunity in painting federal workers as a symbol of big government, and he is exploiting it to the fullest.”


“These ‘federal bureaucrats’ he so often refers to are not a bunch of overpaid, under-worked paper pushers in Washington like the Governor would like people to believe. They are the nurses and doctors who care for our veterans, the border patrol agents that protect our nation from drug and human smuggling, and the firefighters who save thousands of homes and businesses each year fighting wildfires – including those that ravaged Texas just this year. These are the workers Perry insults when making comments like these.”


“If Governor Perry wants to know what ‘a god awful place’ looks like, he should imagine Texas without thousands of dedicated federal employees defending its border, staffing its VA hospitals, and extinguishing its wildfires.”


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Michael J Sheehan   12/02/11 7:04 pm
Service to Country goes far beyond the few roles that you list
As a disabled veteran who earned that status during two combat infantry tours in Vietnam, I returned home to dedicate my life to the protection and rehabilitation of our Nation's environment, particularly its waters. I resent the growing sentiment that we're merely"federal Bureaucrats" on the public dole. When the economy gets tough, all too many people are prepared to abandon their contract with those of us who tackle to tough business of keeping this country safe from all enemies, foreign and domestic!!

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