Legislative Aide Offers Brilliant Resignation Letter

You probably don’t have a favorite legislative aide, but if you want to have one you should start with Allison Catalano. She worked in the office of a Texas state representative, a Republican, and recently resigned over her boss’ betrayal of women’s health and reproductive rights.

Catalano, 26, went to work for state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, in August after graduating from the University of North Texas. She started as an unpaid intern and became a paid staffer.

It was a promising start to what she calls her “first ‘big girl’ job after graduation.”

Then she saw something she couldn’t stomach — GOP-led cuts and restrictions in family planning programs “announced as a victory.” That’s where her letter came in.

After thanking Crownover for the opportunity to work for her, Catalano wrote, “Your decision to cut the funding of clinics that provide free and low-cost health care to over 100,000 low-income Texas women is shameful … I cannot in good conscience continue to be associated with you or a Legislature that would so unabashedly and unapologetically belittle the hard-fought rights of women … Trampling the rights of women in an effort to grandstand against the federal government is simply wrong and I cannot be a part of it.”

Bravo.

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  • Randomfactor

    Now work for your boss’s election opponent.

    http://www.marykbrown.com/

    I’ll help.

  • valhar2000

    I cannot be a part of it.

    What the fuck did you expect from a Texas republican?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RiffingReligion Wes

    What the fuck did you expect from a Texas republican?

    I have to echo this question. It’s not like this is new behavior from Texas Republicans. They’ve been doing it for years. I admire her for sticking by her principles and resigning, but why did she take the job in the first place?

  • Alverant

    Denton? As in the Rocky Horror Picture Show?

    Hail Denton, the Home of Happiness!

  • Alverant

    Wes, the economy still hasn’t recovered. You take the jobs you can get. Maybe she thought working for another woman was important. Plus it was her first real job so it’s not like she had experience in what to do. My first real job out of college was working for a conservative newspaper in a religious town. Neither politics nor religion was mentioned much at least but it was mysterious about how I got fired just a few weeks after they found out I wasn’t christian.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    So…what’s Rushbo gonna call her?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “What’s Rush gonna call her?”

    Phony Republican. Like the soldier who called in and disagreed with him was a “phony soldier.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    This would be a far, far better country if more people had the spine to resign over matters of principle, and say so publicly.

    Brava, Ms. Catalano! You go, girl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003620747815 alistairgordon

    Seriously what do you expect from a Texas republican? Or perhaps this nitwit was one of those people who love the GOP…when republicanism is just something that you do to other groups of people

    The way the GOP is these days, I can’t imagine that this was some innocent naïf who just wandered into the office without any vetting of her political beliefs. She doubtless had some background in the GOP at her university. She wore the brown shirt and the armband, and was just shocked as all hell when the party carpet bombed her back yard. Boo Fucking Hoo.

  • jesse

    Tobe fair, I looked at Crownover’s page. She doesn’t seem to get all over social issues the way some do, and she says she asked that gas drilling companies disclose chemicals they use in fracking, stuff like that, so while I certainly would not vote for her I could see a moderate-ish woman doing so. Especially if Crownover’s stated position on reproductive rights shifted rightward (see Mitt Romney as exhibit A).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597316935 ashleybell

    from the article

    “Crownover’s office is handling the attention with grace. Her chief of staff, Kevin Cruser, said Catalano “was a fine employee. We respect her right to her opinions, and we wish her the best.”

    It was a smart move on their part to not vilify Catalno. It seems these thugs know what hot water they and their ilk are in. I’m so glad that they respect her right to the opinion that women, especially poor ones should be treated as if they were from somewhere other than Afganistan

  • eric

    I’d go easy on her initial choice to work for the guy, for three reasons.

    1) First job out of college. I can cut her a little slack on not knowing her own represntative’s positions on every issue.

    2) I think the attack on women’s rights has caught a lot of people by surprise. Go back even a year, and I doubt many people would’ve predicted that it would’ve been a major campaign issue for GOPers.

    3) In a one-party state, being a member of that party is not always a good indicator on where a representative stands on a particular issue.

  • Pteryxx

    Seriously what do you expect from a Texas republican?

    Allison Catalano’s probably a Texas Republican, too. As well as a principled human being.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003620747815 alistairgordon

    It doesn’t take much in the way of principals to become pissed off when it’s your own ox that has been gored.

  • Who Knows?

    Allison Catalano’s probably a Texas Republican, too. As well as a principled human being.

    I’m surprised to think, this might be true.

  • Michael Heath

    We can’t control our origins. But as we mature we should increasingly take responsibility for what we do and with whom we associate. Bravo to Ms. Catalano for taking an early step towards disassociating herself from those who lack integrity.

    However I also think there’s still a place in some institutions for reformers. While I think the Abrahamic religions are all a lost cause where no reform is possible in terms of getting them to act morally – the only objectively moral act is to quit; I do think we should laud those who attempt to reform the GOP. I tried to do my small part for several years and gave up in 2008, but I think the few who remain should be admired equivalent and perhaps even more so than people like Ms. Catalano. That’s because there’s no foreseeable option to a two-party system, so the country and the world given the threat of AGW, desperately needs a competent Republican party. Sadly, I have almost no confidence the GOP can reform.

  • llewelly

    I can’t read her mind, but the simplest explanation is as follows: Catalano is (or was) a Republican because the choices are (a) be a Republican or (b) have no influence on politics.

    It’s precisely the same logic by which so many argue in favor of voting; no matter how much you dislike supporting any of the options, the alternative is to have no influence at all.

  • dono

    Holy crap, a person does the right thing and others are calling her a nitwit and a brown shirt? How about saving your enmity for people who deserve it?