Suzanne Barr, Longtime Aide to Janet Napolitano, Resigns as ICE Chief of Staff Over Sex-Harassment Accusations

Categories: Dammit Janet!

See also: Janet Napolitano's Lady-Friends Don't Like Men, According to Angry ICE Employee

See also: Janet Napolitano's Alleged "Frat House" Leader Suzanne Barr Now on Leave


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Suzanne Bar, chief of staff for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau under Janet Napolitano, resigned her post yesterday under accusation of sexually harassing male employees

Suzanne Barr, a longtime aide to Janet Napolitano, has resigned her post as chief of staff of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau over sexual-harassment allegations.

Barr is the daughter of the late Burton Barr, a Republican who served in the Arizona Legislature for more than 20 years. Napolitano, as Arizona's Democratic governor, hired Barr -- a University of Arizona graduate -- in 2004. Barr had previously worked for Republican Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl.

She was a favorite of Napolitano's and moved with her to Washington D.C. after Napolitano abandoned Arizona to take the job as Homeland Security Security in January of 2009 offered to her by President Obama.

A lawsuit filed last month by James Hayes Jr., the special agent in charge of New York's ICE investigations, accused Barr of creating a sexually charged, "frat-house" atmosphere in the workplace.

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Photo illustration: Ray Stern
According to a lawsuit by an ICE supervisor, Suzanne Barr cultivated a "frat house" atmosphere at the agency.

Barr allegedly moved the office contents of three male employees to a bathroom soon after taking her job as ICE chief of staff, the lawsuit states. Numerous escapades followed. For instance, Barr supposedly swiped one employee's Blackberry and sent a message to his supervisor saying "he" had sexual fantasies about her.

Hayes claimed Barr made comments about the penis length of one employee, and called another employee with the demand that she needed to have "his cock in the back of [her] throat."

The purported party animal went on voluntary leave after Hayes filed his lawsuit.

Barr resigned yesterday after sending a letter to ICE boss John Morton that was obtained by the Associated Press.

In the letter, Barr said the accusations against her were "unfounded," but that she was resigning "with great regret" to protect the agency's reputation.

"I feel it is incumbent upon me to take every step necessary to prevent further harm to the agency and to prevent this from further distracting from our critical work," she wrote.

No word on whether Napolitano planned to resign, too. However, as the scandal was swirling at ICE, the former governor told the Arizona Republic last month that she was considering coming back to Arizona.

Hayes Jr.'s lawsuit also targeted another Napolitano appointee and friend, former Arizona Department of Corrections director Dora Schriro, whom Hayes said wasn't qualified for her job as special advisor on immigrant-removal procedures.


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restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Proof Matriarchy is no substitute for Patriarchy.  Oh, God, when will we evolve to treat each other like people?

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

I wonder how many on here remember what a crooked, lying puppet-for-the Phoenix 40 her dad Burton was..

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Young and dumb and ...... out of work, I suppose. Normally it's a guy who is stoopid enough to allegedly pull this kind of stupid stuff. She has a nice smile.

Brett Warnecke
Brett Warnecke

They should have called it a sorority house atmosphere - but then they would have been unable to subtley reinforce the anti-male stereotypes that the media thrives on. I don't know if this one case is all true or not - but the situation described is true all too often, and then completely ignored and dismissed.

Jandai
Jandai

hehe Napy's mutts... God, I wish they would all go somewhere else after getting shit canned. Why would they come back here? We don't want that shit around here. Go to San Fran or some place like that for God's sake.

James Bailey
James Bailey

Napolitano is a conservative Democrat. She supported Arpaio and his policies here in Arizona. She is NOT part of the progressive wing of the Democrats.

James Bailey
James Bailey

Napolitano is a conservative Democrat. She supported Arpaio and his policies here in Arizona. She is NOT part of the progressive wing of the Democrats.

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

On the Left or the Right you act the professional on the job..period. Or get your ass booted.

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

On the Left or the Right you act the professional on the job..period. Or get your ass booted.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Wait... so she wants to give her male employees blowjobs? BEST BOSS EVER.

Chris Stuckey
Chris Stuckey

Me too. SHOCKED you don't have her back on this. The other lady is her girlfriend as I understand it.

Justin Swanson
Justin Swanson

I'm surprised you aren't out leading a protest saying that it is ok for her and her Dem friends to treat people however they want, it's only the republicans that have to follow the moral code...

LoneWolf
LoneWolf

 @Tommy_Collins Um...T.C. she's hardly "young". My best guess is that she's between 45-50. And to be frank, she still looks MILFy for her age.

 

Regarding Nappy (ex-Gov.) who stated that she was "considering" coming back to AZ. It figures she wants to be close to S. Barr. That shouldn't come as a surprise.

Jandai
Jandai

@Tommy_Collins yeah, I guess, if you squint and have a fetish for grannies

RobAZ
RobAZ

 @LoneWolf  @Tommy_CollinsShe was friends with my younger sister in grade/high school, both were in the same grade.  My sister is 41 so she's right in there.

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