It is time to start calling the job of Communications director to ol’ Stevie “The wives of Henry the 8th”. Number 6 has just decided to get outta dodge, boys ‘n’ girls. Ol’ Angie is citing that long hours are starting to take a toll on his health. Let’s let him tell you about that, shall we?
In a statement released Friday morning, Mr. Persichilli said he was leaving with considerable regret and would stay on until his successor is appointed.
“This is a prestigious position that requires extremely intense effort and very long hours, which at a certain age, are not an option for a long period of time,” he said in the statement.
“At this time, I would like to express my thanks to members of the media at all levels for their professionalism and fair-mindedness in our dealings, as well as my appreciation to my colleagues in the Prime Minister’s Office, to the members of the cabinet and Conservative caucus, and to the federal public service, with all of whom I have greatly valued the privilege of working.”
Most of all, Mr. Persichilli said, “I would like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the opportunity to serve him during this exciting period. It has been an honour.”
An honour indeed. But then, arguably, ol’ Angie can say that all that Harpercon cheerleading in the Toronto Star paid off. He was, however, not as visible as say, Dmitri Soudas who was in the papers daily. It is said that the real communications director was the bilingual (unlike Angie, who didn’t speak any French) Andrew MacDougall, as he appeared to do most of the heavy lifting. He had that newfangled title of “Assistant Communications Director”. For those who care for the history lesson, here goes the previous 5 wives/ spin doctors
Dimitri Soudas: Apr. 2010—Aug. 2011
John Williamson: Sept. 2009—Apr. 2010
Kory Teneycke: Jul. 2008—Sept. 2009
Sandra Buckler: Feb. 2006—July 2008
William Stairs: Feb. 2006 (only in position for a few weeks, following Jan. 23, 2006 election)
Now the question becomes, who will become Henry/Stevie Spiteful’s 7th wife? Will it be the above mentioned Mr. Andrew MacDougall? Or will he have that ol’ problem of always a bridesmaid, but never a bride? I dunno, has Andy done enough brown nosing up there.
Also, another point, ol’ Angie is citing that long work hours are not suitable for someone his age–the ripe ol’ age of 64. Let’s think about this one for a spell, boys ‘n’ girls. 64 year old Angie citing long hours being too much at his age and starting to take a toll on his health–to the point where his doctor, reportedly, told him to resign his position because of this. Ok, I can buy that, as this is a common problem amongst seniors who still have to work for a living. But here’s why I ask if he’s being a hypocrite. The not yet 65 year old, as one of Stevie’s spin doctors, would’ve had to have been gung ho about hiking the OAS eligibility from 65 -67. It would’ve been his job, after all, to spin this in a way that would make Stevie, deficit Jimbo and their merry band of thugs come up looking just peachy keen. So, I have this question, Angie, if you’re so tired and not feeling as perky on the job, due to your age, how the hell do you and your former masters expect others @ 65 to be more spry than yourself? So, I ask again, is ol’ Angie a hypocrite? I’d say so. Oh, and don’t say your job was the only one with pressure and long hours. Odds are that most Canadians, including seniors who still work full time worked even harder and perhaps even longer hours than you did. Odds are even greater that their jobs are even more stressful. At least you were well compensated, I’m sure. Probably too well compensated. Most Canadians, especially seniors have lots of trouble making ends meat, living from paychecque to paychecque–if they have a job, that is. What about those who are sicker than you who physically can’t work?
Blogging for me will continue to be light as I still don’t have a functioning computer at home and we’re waiting for the tech to install the new hard drive.