Rep. Stephen Fincher is getting blasted from all sides following the departure of a communications aide forced to eat crow over the holiday weekend after lambasting the teenage daughters of President Barack Obama.
Congressional spokeswoman Elizabeth Lauten tendered her resignation Monday, after her digital broadside against Sasha and Malia Obama sparked a virtual riot across social media. Lauten’s electrifying screed incited equally caustic critiques from the Twitterverse, an online chorus that unloaded on her, former first siblings Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, the Republican Party and race relations in the United States.
Lauten eventually walked back her unsolicited evaluation of Obama's child-rearing abilities, but it appears the damage was already done.
Her career implosion has been so great, in fact, that the Tennessee Republican who provided her with a steady paycheck is now having his own job security called into question.
Some seem to believe he’s complicit in the POTUS-shaming drama.
#FireElizabethLauten the fact that she wasn't fired but allowed to resign just shows that @RepFincherTN08 was fine with her comments. — Andy Reilly (@Bear_On_Fire) December 1, 2014Others railed against his rolling over.
@RepFincherTN08 Shameful you buckle to PC. Firing Ms. Lauten reflects on your lack of leadership. Your're not being a strong Rep for the GOP — Joachim (@10Mountaineer) December 1, 2014“Shameful you buckle to PC. Firing Ms. Lauten reflects on your lack of leadership. You’re not being a strong Rep for the GOP,” raged pro-Lauten tweeter @10Mountaineer.
And at least one political observer appears to think a clean sweep may be in order.
@RepFincherTN08 Follow Lauten out the door. You are quick to criticize POTUS at any turn, but cannot control your own staff. #lookinward — Bob Ruley (@bobruley) December 1, 2014“Follow Lauten out the door,” @bobruley counseled the newly re-elected lawmaker.
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