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D.C. Assistant: The Name’s Not Liz

Need a lesson in email aggression? Elizabeth Becton, the scheduler and office manager for Rep. Jim McDermott, traded an absurd series of 19 emails with a woman who had the audacity to call her “Liz.” “I do not go by Liz,” Becton wrote in an email to an executive assistant with a consulting firm. “Where did you get your information?” Despite the assistant’s apologies—six in all—Becton grew suspicious that someone in D.C. was out to “tick” her off with the unholiest of unholy names. “Quit apologizing and never call me anything but Elizabeth again. Also, make sure you correct anyone who attempts to call me by any other name but Elizabeth. Are we clear on this?” A McDermott spokesman said they're issuing an apology to the berated assistant.