Rep. Steve Pearce’s new press secretary resigns amid controversy

Well, that didn’t last long.

Just four days after announcing Rebekah Stevens as his new press secretary, Rep. Steve Pearce has accepted her resignation. Stevens was affiliated with the PolitixFireball website that had made inflammatory remarks about Jews, Muslims and others – including many journalists in New Mexico.

“I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” Pearce said in a  statement this morning. “When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition from activist to become an asset to the people of New Mexico. It is now clear that major obstacles will prevent this. I asked for and accepted her resignation this morning. I hold myself and my staff to the highest level of accountability, and any distractions that hinder my service to New Mexicans must always be addressed.”

I talked to Pearce about his new hire at length in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. At the time, he defended bringing Stevens on board, while acknowledging her “very confrontational” past. Now, it seems the Republican congressman – who is the midst of what could be his toughest re-election campaign – has had a change of heart and decided he doesn’t need the distraction.

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