Colorado senator fires staffer for having a Republican friend

Irene Aguilar

A legislative aide to a Colorado state senator alleges that he was fired for visiting a colleague and friend who works inside a Republican office, according to a report from Campus Reform (emphasis added):

Tyler Drum, a 21-year-old homosexual aide to Democrat state Senator Irene Aguilar, was fired on the spot from his position in the Colorado Senate because he allegedly visited the office of a fellow college aide who happens to work for a Republican.

Drum, a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University, told Campus Reform that Aguilar did not explain why he had been fired.

“She just said leadership was uncomfortable with me befriending Republicans,” Drum said.
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Drum, who is a registered Democrat, is disappointed in his firing.

“I thought this would happen on the Republican side, now I’m a disenchanted Democrat,” he said.

Colorado Democrats saw their majority in the legislature’s upper chamber diminished last year after pro-Second Amendment activists successfully recalled two anti-gun state senators, including Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs). The grassroots activists were motivated by onerous gun control measures passed by the state legislature.

A third state senator who was the target of a recall effort resigned to ensure that Colorado Democrats would maintain control of the seat. Moreover, recent polls out of Colorado show that Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, could be vulnerable this fall, depending on who Republicans decide to run against him.

Partisan tensions aside, it seems more than ridiculous that a politician, regardless of their party, would fire an aide simply because he’s visited a colleague/friend who just happens to work for a Republican. It’s even more ironic since Democrats frequently complain that it’s Republicans who are “divisive” and “hateful.”


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