Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report
Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) communications director has resigned in the wake of last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, Axios reported.
“Following the events of January 6th, I’ve decided to part ways with the office,” Ben Goldey told Axios in a statement. “I wish her and the people of Colorado’s Third District the best.”
Goldey went on to cite the riot last week that resulted in five deaths, according to the news outlet. The riot came as Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Goldey had reportedly been on the job for less than two weeks at his time of resignation, per Axios. Prior to working for Boebert, he was the press secretary for the Department of the Interior and previously worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
In a statement to The Hill, Boebert’s chief of staff Jeff Small said, “The office does not comment on internal personnel matters with individual employees. Rep. Boebert has hired a powerhouse team, filled all staff positions in her office and hit the ground running.”
“Rep. Boebert looks forwarding to focusing on and serving the interests of the people of the Third Congressional District,” the statement continued.
Boebert has faced intense backlash over her actions that some say contributed to the riot, including tweeting out the location of lawmakers.
Officials across Boebert’s district sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) asking them to investigate her actions and statements leading up to and on the day of the riot.
The first-year congresswoman was one of President Trump’s most ardent defenders and often repeated his disputed claims that the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud. After the riot, she voted to uphold objections to both Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes.
Goldey’s resignation comes after Lauren Blair Bianchi, a top aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), resigned from her role amid the riot.
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