Flashback: Sheila Jackson Lee Demands Royal Treatment

Going back at least to the late nineties there is evidence Sheila Jackson Lee demands to be treated “like a queen.”

We don’t know yet if she had anything to do with getting another passenger’s first class seat, but the way Sheila Jackson Lee demands special treatment is documented going back decades.

In the meantime, Jean-Marie Simon says that United still has not apologized to her for giving her seat away (contrary to media reports).

Here is a report from 1998 that describes some amazing behavior on the part of Jackson Lee.

According to the Houston Press, Rhiannon Burruss had to quit working as Jackson Lee’s Capitol office executive assistant and events scheduler.

Burruss says she received her first indication all was not smooth sailing when an angry Lee called her from Alabama, where she had rented a car to participate in a re-enactment of the historic civil-rights march on Selma organized by a Washington, D.C. group, Faith and Politics. When Lee and Houston office director Gerald Womack flew to Montgomery, the congresswoman discovered that a white male colleague had been personally chauffeured to the event by a Faith and Politics staffer.

Lee immediately called Burruss and chewed her out for not getting a similar arrangement. Lee wondered aloud about whether the white congressman had gotten the VIP treatment because of his race and then, Burruss says, yelled at her over the phone, “You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.”

Burruss also got a call from “Rebecca Cox, a Continental Airlines governmental affairs vice president at the airline’s Washington office.”

She then described an incident the previous month when Lee boarded a flight at National, and found the menu did not include a seafood special she had wanted.

“She screamed at the top of her lungs at least a minute,” Burruss quotes Cox as telling her. “She embarrassed the flight attendants and the passengers in first class. And she embarrassed herself.”

According to Burruss, Cox claimed Lee declared, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Where is my seafood meal? I know it was ordered!”

Read the entire story with the other allegations about Jackson Lee.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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