The communications director for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is resigning after less than two weeks in the role, Axios reported on Saturday.
Ben Goldey reportedly tied his decision to step down from the post to last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. His boss, Boebert, and other Republican lawmakers have been sharply criticized for fueling the attacks by objecting to the reaffirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
“Following the events of January 6th, I’ve decided to part ways with the office. I wish her and the people of Colorado’s Third District the best,” Goldey, said in an apparent reference to Boebert in a statement to Axios.
Goldey had previously served as press secretary at the Department of Interior and prior to that worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
In a floor speech before the Capitol riot, Boebert referred to “having constituents outside this building right now” who she would support in opposition to Electoral College votes for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Goldey’s abrupt resignation comes as Boebert offered a “thousand apologies” to Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) who she accused of making comments that “implied” she had conspired in the Capitol riot.
Earlier this week, Boebert, a proud gun-slinger, also pushed back on heightened security measures in the Capitol complex, suggesting that newly installed metal detectors at the entrance of the House chamber were a “political stunt” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The staffer’s resignation comes as 10 House Republicans, voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) urged her colleagues to make a “vote of conscience” in the wake of the Capitol attack inflamed by President Trump last week that left five people including a Capitol police officer dead.
The news of the sudden departure of Boebert’s communications chief follows a similar move on Monday by Sen. Ted Cruz’s communications director, Lauren Blair Bianchi, who also resigned from her role, reportedly making the decision in defiance of Cruz’s involvement in the Electoral College charade that turned deadly.