Bardella Hasn’t Read This Town, Come Again?

Kurt Bardella, the Capitol Hill aide who infamously worked for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was fired for leaking journalists’ emails to NYT writer Mark Leibovich and then rehired six months later, says he hasn’t even read This Town.


He spent months secretly (well, until he got caught) sharing emails with Leibovich and meeting with him to quietly assist with his book depicting what can be the sickening nature of some Washington insiders. And then he doesn’t bother to read the entire chapter devoted to him that was also published in the NYT magazine? Do we even believe this?

Asked about Endeavor Strategic Communications, his new firm, and whether he’s capitalizing on the attention he received in This Town, Bardella told FishbowlDC this week, “In all honesty, this really has nothing to do with ‘This Town.’ As far as the chapter about me, I haven’t read it so I don’t really have any thoughts. For me, this happened more than 2 1/2 years ago and I’ve moved on and forward.”

Bardella alluded to the hype around This Town to HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie in a recent story, saying, “Hopefully, I can take away the best of what I’ve learned and apply it to this new chapter,” he added. “Ultimately, I’ve come to learn that if you do good work and do well by the people around you — everything will take care of itself and the rest is just noise.”

Yeah, that super noisy book, This Town. Why bother?

We asked Leibovich if he believes Bardella really did not read the chapter on himself. “Sure, why not?” Leibovich told FishbowlDC, with a note of sarcasm. “Kurt always preferred to stay in the background and be innocuous anyway, so it makes perfect sense.”