Republican Family Values: Power Players Edition
The American Red Cross today dismissed its president and chief executive, Mark W. Everson, citing his "personal relationship with a subordinate employee." He had been in office for only six months.
Organizations, whether for-profit or not, rarely describe their reasons for firing an executive as bluntly as the Red Cross did. The most similar comparison is the Boeing Corporation, which forced the resignation of two chief executives because of ethical lapses, including affairs with employees.
Mr. Everson, who is 53, did not respond to a message left on his cellphone. In a statement released by the Red Cross, he said: "I am resigning my position for personal and family reasons, and deeply regret it is impossible for me to continue in a job so recently undertaken."
Mr. Everson's wife, Nanette, served in the White House counsel's office as the chief ethics officer during the current Bush administration and, most recently, as general counsel at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a position she left last spring to return to the private sector. The Eversons have two children.
In recent moves of note, the top ethics lawyer for the White House, Nanette Everson, left last Friday to spend more time with her family, which includes IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.
Nanette Everson, who joined the counsel's office after that little dust-up about counselor Karl Rove's Enron holdings a few years back, gets high marks in the White House, especially given the lack of major first-term ethics scandals.
The one exception might have been the blowup of the Bernie Kerik nomination for intelligence czar, but she's not faulted for that, since she wasn't asked to do the sex, drugs and rock-and-roll part of the vetting.
Probably just as well.