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California Sure Can Pick ‘Em: Governor’s Candidate Pushes Subordinate When Angry–Bob Etheridge Involved?

June 16, 2010

Meg Whitman, high pressure executive and bully?  Well, her blow-up which resulted in her shoving a junior employee was blamed on Whitman not feeling prepared for an interview.  According to the NYTimes, Whitman says she was just “guiding” the employee, Etheridge-style maybe?

Ms. Whitman became angry with Ms. Kim before the interview, partly because Ms. Whitman felt unprepared for the conversation with Reuters.

According to their accounts, Whitman got angry, uttered an expletive and pushed Kim, or “physically guided” her out of the conference room. Kim left the company for a short time after the incident, but returned and is now a senior manager for corporate communications.

Neither Whitman nor Kim commented on the details of the incident, but their statements confirmed that a significant quarrel had occurred.

“In any high-pressure working environment, tensions can surface,” Whitman said in a statement. “Young Mi and I had a professional disagreement which we put behind us. She and I continued to work together at EBay, where I valued her skilled counsel and thorough professionalism.”

Sarah Pompei, a spokeswoman for Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign, declined to comment on whether the disagreement became physical, as the newspaper reported.

“Meg is a serious, results-focused boss,” Pompei said. “A verbal dispute in a high-pressure working environment isn’t out of the ordinary.”

Kim, who could not be reached for comment Monday, confirmed to the New York Times that a disagreement had occurred.

According to the gubernatorial campaign spokeswoman, this considered normal from a ” serious, results-focused boss,” and so shoving and expletives are something to expect in a political office too?

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