The communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), resigned on Monday following last week’s mob attack on the Capitol that was inspired by false election fraud claims peddled by President Donald Trump, Cruz, and other Republicans.
“I’m grateful to Senator Cruz for the opportunity and wish him and his first-rate staff nothing but the best,” Lauren Blair Bianchi, who had worked in Cruz’s office since July 2019, said in a statement to Punchbowl News.
Bianchi had become increasingly uncomfortable with Cruz’s efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win, a source familiar with Bianchi’s decision to step down told the outlet.
“Since the election, it was becoming clear things were moving in a direction that she was not comfortable with and that culminated with last week’s tragedy in the Capitol,” the source said. “Given that every member of Congress deserves to have a staff aligned with and supportive of their vision, and coupled with the start of the new Congress, she felt it was an appropriate time to step aside.”
Cruz’s office said the senator and Bianchi “agreed that it would be best to part ways,” adding: “He thanks her for her service and wishes her the best.”