Roe Resigns

Posted April 25, 2007 at 6:08pm

Jason Roe, a former chief of staff to Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), on Tuesday resigned his position as deputy campaign manager for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) presidential campaign.

Roe’s resignation, first reported by Hotline’s On Call, was based on family obligations, according to the Romney campaign. [IMGCAP(1)]

Roe had been commuting between Washington, D.C., and Boston, where Romney’s campaign is headquartered, since taking the job in March.

“Jason informed us yesterday that he could no longer continue with the campaign,” said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. “It was a decision he based on obligations to his family.”

Roe’s departure comes as new details of an FBI investigation into Feeney’s ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff came to light this week.

It also comes less than a week after federal officials raided a business with family ties to Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), who has stepped down from all of his committee assignments in light of the FBI investigation.

Roe’s wife, Patti Roe, has been the administrative assistant in Renzi’s Hill office since late 2005.

Jason Roe, a native of Michigan, was sent to manage the successful campaign of now-Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) in the previous cycle.

— Lauren W. Whittington