Three staffers for Rep. Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenFAA: New manufacturing issue discovered in undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners Newest Boeing 737 Max takes first test flight Democrats seek answers from Boeing, FAA after production issues with 737 Max, Dreamliner jets MORE (D-Wash.) were fired Thursday after a series of tweets in which they insulted the congressman, complained about their work and described drinking on the job.
"We became aware of the issue through a tweet referencing an article about the incident. Congressman Larsen immediately decided to fire the three staff members involved in the incident," Larsen spokesman Bryan Thomas said in a statement.
“Congressman Larsen is disappointed by their actions and takes this very seriously. He has made it clear that he will not tolerate this kind of behavior."
The Twitter accounts, which were not officially linked to the congressman but were nevertheless public, were first discovered by the Northwest Daily Marker, a conservative political blog that covers Washington state and Oregon politics.
The tweets — which belonged to legislative assistants Seth Burroughs and Elizabeth Robbee and legislative correspondent Ben Byers — repeatedly referenced "December to Remember," a campaign devised by the staffers to spend the final month of the legislative session in what the Daily Marker called "a state of perpetual debauchery."
According to the tweets, the "December to Remember" began with a round of shots on the steps of the Cannon House Office building. From there, staffers sneaked drinks throughout the workday, watched music videos on YouTube, and lobbed insults at their bosses.
Burroughs, in tweets that spanned multiple months, referred to Larsen as an "idiot" and a "selfish a------." He also described sneaking shots of Jack Daniels in his coffee and destroying his work Blackberry.
"Dear taxpayers — I hope you don't mind that I'm watching YouTube clips of Nirvana at my government job. Thanks, you're the best," he writes in one tweet.
At another point, he says that he was "pretty sure I couldn't pass a field sobriety test right now."
Robbee praises Byers and Burroughs for sneaking drinks in the office in some of his tweets.
The Twitter accounts have since been deleted.
Larsen's office said the behavior clearly crossed a line, and said the staffers were fired just an hour after the congressman learned of their behavior.
“Neither Congressman Larsen nor his other staff were aware of the actions by these three staff members before today," Thomas said.