Ryan Exacts His Revenge, Reveals Berg 'Corruption'

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

UPDATED 7/18/11 5:38 p.m.

Former Chief of Staff Eric Ryan says Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg fired him for blowing the whistle on government waste in Honolulu Hale.

Berg, who had avoided publicly bad-mouthing Ryan even after firing him, took off the gloves Monday, saying he'd been battling with Ryan for months over his refusal to do his work and for putting his personal issues ahead of constituents' needs.

If Ryan's history with former employers is any indication, the war of words is just beginning.

Three days after he was given his walking papers, Ryan posted an extraordinary assault on Berg on his website, KymPineIsACrook.com. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday, he updated his website with information, links and photos that he said revealed "corruption" in the eccentric office.

The firing culminated wrestling within Berg's office over Ryan's public attacks on state Rep. Kymberly Pine, who Ryan said owed him money from the 2010 campaign. Ryan had gone so far as to compare Pine with disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and accused child killer Casey Anthony.

Ryan's chief complaint is that Berg told staff they couldn't take photos without permission, even requiring them to sign a contract of sorts after Ryan was caught surreptitiously taking snapshots of Deputy Chief of Staff Philmund Lee while Lee slept or changed clothes in the office — allegedly during work hours. Ryan said that the proscription against documenting those episodes amounted to a "coverup" of "waste, fraud and abuse."

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