Heard on the Hill: Chief Concern

Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:51pm

Much is made of Congress’ “revolving door” of employment. The office of Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), though, seems to be a model of that, with a cadre of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them chiefs of staff.

The freshman got under way with David Lasseter, a former aide for Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). Lasseter separated from Farenthold’s office this summer.

Scott Graves took the reins for a hot minute but decamped to fill the chief of staff vacancy in Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway’s office — where he has worked in various capacities since 2005 — on Oct. 9. 

The latest casualty is Alfredo Rodriguez III, who apparently lasted less than a month.

Farenthold, for one, seems unfazed by the rapid-fire turnaround. He is leaning on Graves in the interim (as needed) but suggested that the replacement hunt continues.

“I think we’ll have someone in place in the next day or so,” Farenthold predicted, adding, “We’ve got good people in my office. And we’re going to get through.”