Major changes to Congressman Raúl Labrador’s staff were announced on Monday after seeing eight of his top staffers move on to other jobs or be fired during the last year. Most recently Jason Bohrer, Labrador’s Chief of Staff , left for a position with the Lignite Energy Council. Bohrer was Labrador’s Chief of Staff for less than six months.
Other recent departures include spokesman Phil Hardy who was fired in February for an inappropriate Twitter message. Michael Tate, his replacement, has already left. District director Jake Ball left earlier in May due to a controversy over a $250,000 loan to a friend he made with campaign money while working for Sen. Mike Crapo.
In Monday’s press release, Labrador said that his longtime assistant Mike Cunnington will now be his Deputy Chief of Staff and Doug Taylor will be his Deputy Chief of Staff in Idaho. He goes on to mention in the press release several other staff changes, primarily promoting from within.
As an explanation for his staff turnover he said, “My staff has gained a reputation here on Capitol Hill for being hard working and effective, which has opened doors for them to become sought-after leaders in the private sector.”