Politico’s morning email thingie has a really interesting development in the ITMFA story: the hired help HAS HAD IT! –
STAFF SPEAK: A group of House Democratic staffers are circulating a letter that they plan to send to the upper chamber, urging senators to vote to convict Trump and bar him from ever holding office, according to a copy obtained by your Huddle host. (H/t to CNN’s Kristin Wilson, who first reported the text of the letter.)
“As employees of the U.S. House of Representatives, we don’t have a vote on whether to convict Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent attack at the Capitol, but our Senators do,” they write. “And for our sake, and the sake of the country, we ask that they vote to convict the former president and bar him from ever holding office again.”
The staffers are just beginning to circulate it. They sent it Wednesday around the Hill and more than 100 staffers are putting their names on it, according to one of the staffers who helped draft the letter, who told me: “Staffers deserve to be heard.”
Today, these staffers say they will be reaching out to Republican offices to see if any want to sign it as well. And they want it to be bipartisan because both sides were impacted by the attack.
The bottom line: This is not typical of staffers to publicly insert themselves in a charged political debate, but their decision to do so further reflects just how completely unprecedented these times are.
Now imagine that you are employed by a Representative who gets your letter and decides to backstab you, anyway. Imagine what the work will be like. It’s not an exaggeration to assume that some staff will walk away from their offices. And if you’ve ever worked in a congressional office (even as a volunteer), you would know that these Representatives depend on the staffers, many of whom have been there longer and know the ways of the
deep state world better than the rep.
This could be real leverage!