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.”