California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter's office is under criticism for firing a veteran and former staffer for violating office protocols and later testing positive for COVID-19.
Text messages from Porter and former staffer Sasha Georgiades were shared on the Dear White Staffers Twitter account Thursday.
Typical selfish, inconsiderate, arrogant D-RAT.😏
Dem Rep. Katie Porter under fire for treatment of veteran fellow as former staffer decries culture of fearhttps://t.co/tVXpSXM8Yr
— 1776_Constitution!☝😊👌 (@moodav47) December 30, 2022
"The post said the text messages were shared 'with permission' from the staffer who shared them and detail a conversation between Porter and Georgiades over the office's COVID-19 protocols," according to Fox News.
Porter's office denied the claim in a statement with the outlet.
"This former employee was not fired. She was a fellow in our office, and weeks before she breached COVID protocol in July, we had already mutually agreed on an end date in August 2022," a Porter spokesperson wrote.
"Congresswoman Porter was informing her that she would work from home for the remaining three weeks of her fellowship," the spokesperson continued. "Following knowledge of COVID exposure, Congresswoman Porter tested twice daily and only attended in-person gatherings after negative results."
— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) December 29, 2022
Porter previously wrote in March that, "Congressional staff don't get enough recognition. I have a talented team of staffers who help me prepare for hearings, brainstorm legislation, and stay in touch with our community. I want constituents to know it's not just me alone working for them."
The contrast between Porter's public words and behind-the-scenes activities has quickly gone viral following the posting of the text messages.
It is uncertain whether the former staffer will pursue legal action related to the dispute.
The exchange also adds to other controversies surrounding Porter who has been a strong advocate for the left's progressive policies.
Source: Fox News