Dan, an employee who works under me at the firm, has an Obama 2012 bumper sticker on his car. That confirmed it for me. Not that I was unaware of Dan's Liberal leanings before. Dan was transferred into my department a few months ago. The big boss man told me to take Dan under my wing. Dan is the son of the boss man's college roommate.
Dan is also a slacker and a total idiot. No surprise given his progressive proclivities. I took some clients out for steaks the other day and mentioned it while discussing the account with the big boss in the conference room. Dan wanted to ask the boss for a favor or something and entered the room during the tail end of our conversation.
After hearing about the steaks we ordered Dan began spouting off about how going vegan was good for the environment. I looked at the boss and he just rolled his eyes. I'd like to discuss with the boss the possibility of firing Dan, but I don't think he'd be open to the idea. Yes, the boss thinks Dan is a little odd, but his friendship with Dan's father makes the firing of Dan a little problematic.
I think I'm going to have to wait until Dan screws up and actually costs the firm money. I just hope it isn't a lot of money, as that could negatively impact the stats for my department. For the time being I think I'll continue having the intern check Dan's work and report back to me.
Susan asked me the other day why Dan got an assistant while nobody else did. I told her that Dan was still learning the ropes and I didn't have the time to mentor him anymore. Obviously that lie can only hold up for so long. Hopefully by then Dan will have exposed himself for the inept loser than he is. Then I will finally be able to breech the topic of canning him with the big boss.