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DeLay's staff all resign office of short-term Rep

Brian Beutler
Published: Tuesday November 14, 2006

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Rumors circulated around Washington today that members of the staff of erstwhile Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) had resigned en masse from their positions in the office of Texas's 22nd district after it was taken over yesterday by Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.

"We don't discuss personnel changes," said Lisa Dimond, who serves as Sekula-Gibbs' press secretary, chief of staff, and, until recently, campaign manager. "We had some people here who were transitional," she said, adding that those staffers once worked under DeLay.

But sources close to the office have confirmed to RAW STORY that the staff members all resigned after a series of confrontations with Sekula-Gibbs.

"It started when she got to the office Thursday," said one source. The staffers, say the source, "came to the realization that this was a boss they did not want to work with."

"They were not fired," says another source with knowledge of the incident.

Such a firing would have been illegal, and against Congressional rules, according to Congressional Quarterly:

[b]y federal law and the Rules of the House of Representatives, the employees of former Rep. DeLay continue to staff the Washington, D.C. office and the Stafford and Webster district offices, serving the people of Texas’ 22nd Congressional District under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

Sekula-Gibbs lost her race to represent DeLay's district to Democrat Nick Lampson in November's historic elections. Lampson was once the representative of Texas's second district, and many analysts say he lost his seat in 2004 because of redistricting policies spearheaded by DeLay himself.

However, Sekula-Gibbs will serve in the Republican's seat for six weeks during the so-called "lame duck" session of Congress. During that time, Dimond says, the interim Congresswoman—a practicing dermatologist—will focus on “creating more affordable choices in health care and solid-funding for medi-care,” for her constituents.

An earlier version of this piece cited rumors that the staff members in question were terminated. RAW STORY has updated the story after confirming that the staff members resigned of their own accord.