A New Jersey woman, who is part of an organization pressuring GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen to hold town halls, resigned from her day job after Frelinghuysen personally sent a letter to a member of her employer’s board, ratting her out for her political activism.
Some say there’s likely nothing illegal about Frelinghuysen’s note, because it does not specifically threaten action on Avelenda.
But Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told WNYC the the letter was “troubling” nonetheless.
Frelinghuysen has extensive power on Capitol Hill: As the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the representative has broad influence on what Congress spends money on.
He is also part of a New Jersey political dynasty that dates back to the Revolutionary War.
“This shameful abuse of power by Representative Frelinghuysen is exactly why we need new representation in Congress. Frelinghuysen has gone from simply refusing to meet with his constituents and telling them to ‘back off’ to threatening constituents who are exercising their freedom of speech,” said Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat running against Frelinghuysen in the 2018 midterms.
“That Frelinghuysen would use his powerful public office to hurt a private citizen is wrong, unethical and immoral.”
Unbelievable – a woman used her first amendment right to be active in her local government, and it cost her her job. All thanks to spiteful politics.
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