VA Head to Lawmaker: ‘I’ve Run a Large Company Sir, What Have You Done?’

Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:00pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald snapped at Rep. Mike Coffman Wednesday after the Colorado Republican, a veteran and former property management owner, said McDonald was “glossing over … bureaucratic incompetence and corruption” at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

McDonald, a former chief executive at Procter & Gamble, said he was “highly offended” by Coffman’s comments.

“I’ll give you my cellphone tonight and you can answer some of the calls and see if I’m making a difference for veterans and see what they say,” McDonald said. “Or go on the websites, see what the veterans are saying on the websites. Ask the VSOs in the next group. I’ve run a large company sir, what have you done?”