After an embarrassing stint with his former chief of staff of seven years, Rep. Steven Rothman (D) has named a new top staffer to oversee his New Jersey and Washington, D.C., offices.
Tom O’Donnell, former chief of staff for Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.), will replace Robert Decheine, who was fired in mid-November after being accused of soliciting sex from a minor.
“I am excited to begin the 112th Congress with Tom as my new Chief of Staff,” Rothman said in a news release. “He is a man of the highest moral character and brings the political, legislative, and leadership skills that we need to best serve the people of New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District.”
Decheine, 48, was one of 11 people arrested in Gaithersburg, Md., during a Gaithersburg Police Department operation that lured potential predators through the Internet to an undercover cop posing as a 15-year-old girl. He was released on a $15,000 bond.
House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood contacted Rothman personally following Decheine’s arrest.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.