Morning Joe Guilty of Quasi Spousal Abuse Syndrome



The Morning Joe crew has problems with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. They alleged today that she lied Saturday on MSNBC to Steve Kornacki  that Christie's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, and one of Christie's cabinet members tried to pressured her into fast-tracking a proposed redevelopment project in her city in order to receive Sandy aid. To Mika and Joe, timing is everything.

First, here's what Mayor Zimmer said, and how she explains her hesitation to come forward earlier.

Now here's what Joe Scarborough had to say about this according to Talking Points Memo:

"If she's willing to go public and vouch for something that is corrupt, an administration that is corrupt, what does that say about her character?" Scarborough asked, referring to tweets Zimmer sent in praise of Christie. "She can't have it both ways."

How interesting that Joe, who's been accused of some shade during his tenure in the House and who's going through a very messy divorce right now (the details of which he's trying to tamp down and rightfully should) would take this tact. Because this harassed mayor didn't go public or to the Attorney General of New Jersey (whom Christie had appointed and might just be in his pocket) she suddenly doesn't have credibility? Hasn't he ever heard of people fearing coming forward? Hasn't he ever heard of spousal abuse? Women sometimes are beaten within an inch of their lives, but refuse to press charges or admit it. Or if they do come forward, it's long after the attack.

Why? Because of fear. Fear of what? Bullies. Bullies like Joe Scarborough. He, like his hero, Chris Christie, accepta corruption as a way of life. And feel it's okay. Business as usual. Their defense is an offense -- slandering the Hoboken Mayor by accusing her of lying by not coming forward earlier. Does that mean the woman or man who delays accusations of being abused by a spouse is lying? Does that mean the facts don't exist? And think about the military sexual assaults where the victim has to go to their commanding officer who is best friends with the accused. Is that an easy thing to do? Well that's the situation with the New Jersey attorney general -- a Chris Christie appointee.

MSNBC, you should be ashamed of Morning Joe. And Mika, we allow for your limited abilities as you've never been able to stand up to bully pulpit Joe. But Joe, you're the wrong one here. And you should absolutely take back your accusations until the sworn testimony by Mayor Zimmer is presented. Then, if there are inconsistencies or inaccuracies, go ahead and rip her a  new one. But your personal relationship and bromance with the Governor of New Jersey should not be tolerated. Just because you accepted and maybe even participated in corruption when you were a congressman doesn't make it right.

Report news, don't create it to protect a friend. Even Steve Kornacki, who worked for David Wildstein, came out and revealed his personal relationship prior to reporting the news. Maybe you should confess your sins in office and relationship with Christie before you take to defending him -- or worse, "Hey, corruption is business as usual." You should be helping, not contributing to the crimes.

  • Yes, you are the last person. Very old story, but worth retelling, thank you.

  • Elaine Finn

    Joe, thinks Mayor Zimmer is getting a free pass, really? I was disgusted by the last two shows of him attacking the Mayer. This is the reason she probably didn't come forward.

  • AZgramO-wing

    A dead woman in Joe Scarborough's office? Am I the last to know?
    Mon Mar 20, 2006
    "... strange death of Lori Klausutis received only a few short stories in Northern Florida press; and Washington Post printed only 44
    words in a Nation-in-brief report dealing with covered up and
    mysterious death of a female staffer in a Republican congressman's
    district office--a story that shocked us after hearing about it from
    federal agents because revelation was kept from the public.

    The 44 words released were:
    "FORT WALTON BEACH, FL--Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office worker for Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL), was found dead in congressman's district office. Police said preliminary findings from the medical examiner's office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide."
    Curiously, Klausutis was reportedly active in Florida's Bush v. Gore
    2000 election recount activity--raising questions about what she knew;
    and on Friday, July 20th, 2001, her body was found slumped next to a
    desk on the floor of Scarborough's Fort Walton Beach office where Lori
    served as a constituent services coordinator since May, 1999.
    Klausutis was found around 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning by a couple
    arriving for an appointment, and she had been dead for some time as the
    police cordoned off the office for an investigation; but they later
    announced that there was no reason to suspect foul play, nor were there
    signs of suicide--but national news outlets commenced a total television
    blackout. Scarborough had recently resigned from Congress--prematurely and unexpectedly--on the heels of reported rumors about his marital fidelity and shortly after his marriage ended in divorce."

  • Abby

    I am affronted by the caricatures of a woman and man as seen on Joe and Mika, she such a weak wren, and him, the brash rooster crowing his importance.

  • Mickey Masterson

    OMG. Great article. You hit the nail on the head. I was so frustrated this morning listening to Joe and Mika eviscerate the Hoboken mayor with no facts to back it up. Their defense of Christie is embarrassing.