Rumors of a Democratic member of Congress planning to switch his party allegiance to become a Republican resulted in several staff members of his congressional office to abruptly resign.
At least seven members are reported to have resigned from Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s office over the weekend, the New York Times reported. That’s almost all of the staff members the lawmaker has, leaving only his chief of staff remaining within the office.
The decision by staff members to quit came about as media reported Van Drew’s impending party switch. Working for a Republican lawmaker wasn’t something those staff members signed up for, they wrote in a joint letter.
“Sadly, Congressman Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office,” they wrote.
Noting that the workers quit their positions right before the holiday season was set to commence, in order to take a stand against their boss’s action, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee appeared to offer work for the staffers until they could get back on their feet.
It's right before the holidays and these staffers just quit their jobs to stand up for their Democratic values. We'll bring them and others who leave on with the @dccc until they land new jobs that align with their values. (1/2)https://t.co/MqWVsnAGcN
— Cheri Bustos (@CheriBustos) December 16, 2019
“It’s right before the holidays and these staffers just quit their jobs to stand up for their Democratic values,” chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos wrote in a tweet on Sunday evening. “We’ll bring them and others who leave on with the @dccc until they land new jobs that align with their values.”
The decision by Van Drew, who campaigned in New Jersey as a moderate Democrat, has upset a number of Democrats within his home state, including Gov. Phil Murphy. “If he does what everyone is signaling, he’s putting politics over the Constitution,” Murphy said, according to prior reporting from HillReporter.com. “I think it’s that simple.”