Murphy Makes The Washington Times Worst Boss List

The newspaper analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates.

According to a study by The Washington Times, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) is the fifth worst boss on Capitol Hill.

The Washington Times analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates and it found that Murphy has a 42 percent average turnover rate, peaking at 64 percent in 2006.

Four other representatives had turnover rates higher than Murphy:

  1. 53% Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat
  2. 47% Rep. Betty Sutton, Ohio Democrat
  3. 46% Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican
  4. 43% Rep. Jane Lakes Harman, California Democrat
  5. (tied) 42% Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican; 42% Rep. Pete Olson, Texas Republican

Murphy won his sixth term as Congressman in November.

Roger January 24, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Whoa!!!! What has the headline to do with the facts stated in the article? Why has somebody chosen to equate "worst boss" and "turnover rate?" Please explain how the bridge was built between these two ideas? The facts only speak about turnover rate. This is journalism.at a low point. What was somebody thinking on this one!!!!
bob balmer January 24, 2013 at 09:36 PM
This is no surprise! He probably has his staff looking for President Obama's birth certificate!!!
B January 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Great point Roger. I work in an industry with a high turnover rate but also as one of the most highly rated places to work and to start a career.
bob balmer January 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Forcing you workers to do campaign work. That is not a turn over problem
Preston Shimer January 25, 2013 at 03:09 PM
I don't think Patch should be criticized for posting this reference to a Washington Times Newspaper article. Patch is doing a service by scanning the media for information about our elected officials and has demonstrated a non-partisan approach to this reporting. It is useful to click on the link and read the entire Washington Times article and then draw your own conclusions.
BobE January 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Thank you for your intelligence, Preston.
Roger January 26, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Preston, scanning the media for information relevant to local people is a fine idea. But, my objection is taking information (as truthful as they may be), and framing the details as an editorial. The facts of turnover are quickly turned into "worst boss." I have no standing on support or rejection of Rep Murphy. That is not my point. I merely asked for the bridge between the gap of "turnover rates" and "worst boss." Nothing has been forthcoming. Most likely this piece was churned out of some paper mill somewhere. It reflects badly on Patch to post this kind of material. As Bryan points out above, there is no reason to make the connection, other than to make the piece a negative portrayal. I've seen plenty of situations where high turnover is coupled with a very good boss. Perhaps the job was a stepping stone to other jobs, pay was low -- factors outside the control of the boss. On the other hand, I have seen places were turnover rate was very low, with a very bad boss - liked the work, vital to a career path, etc. Rep Murphy may choose to rotate people in and out quickly, giving an opportunity for involvement to many. We have not been told any of this information. But, the reader is given a very direct implication. Some writer in a back room someplace chose to take one small piece of data, and run toward a desired end. As stated earlier, journalism at its low point.
Duke January 26, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Not only is Timmie a poor boss, he is also a poor representative!
Roger January 26, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Duke, how do you know Rep Murphy to be a poor boss? Specifics, please. You may be right. If so, then your assertion requires some basis. His work as a Representative is available for all to see, public knowledge. But, his work as a boss, not at all. Therefore, you must have inside information to make your statement regarding his employer/employee actions. Please be forthcoming with your inside information.
bob balmer February 04, 2013 at 02:07 PM


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