A sandwich maker in a Capitol café who was recently fired said that House Administration Committee Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) has told him that he was let go, in part, for calling Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) “a redneck honkey.”
Kennison Battle was fired just days after Souder stomped out in a huff, upset that the employee grilled his sandwich instead of toasting it. Souder has never mentioned the pejorative, and an ITK witness claimed no such name-calling ever occurred at the time of the incident.
Battle also insists he never called Souder any names. “I don’t even talk like that,” he said. Souder, who questioned the sandwich worker’s competence, claimed he did not have anything to do with the firing of Battle and insisted that he did not want him fired. Battle said that David Anderson, manager of Guest Services, which oversees the café, told him the sandwich incident was a “black eye” on the café.
Since the firing, Battle, 41, said he has been forced to move out of his apartment and has been taken in by his brother-in-law. He said he has less than $200 in the bank. “I’m being shot through the mills,” he said.
In a phone interview with ITK late last week, Battle said that he has had two phone conversations with Brady, who has been investigating the matter. He said he was offered a temporary job moving furniture in the House, but turned it down due to back problems.
“I don’t have a response to any racial implication,” said Kyle Anderson, press director for the House Administration Committee. “The chairman is committed to finding something for Mr. Battle that meets his needs, permanent employment with benefits. If [moving furniture] is not consistent with his physical abilities, he is committed to finding something that [is].”
Souder had no comment on the alleged name-calling.
It's very strange that nobody said anything about the name-calling in earlier reports, and that Souder declined comment on it.