Sen. Ted Cruz‘s (R-Texas) communication director has announced her resignation after the deadly events at the U.S. Capitol.
Lauren Blair Bianchi, who has worked with Cruz since 2019, said in a brief statement, “I’m grateful to Senator Cruz for the opportunity and wish him and his first-rate staff nothing but the best.”
According to Punchbowl News, her resignation is directly related to her former boss’ role in attempting to overturn the results of the election that saw Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump.
Cruz was one of eight senators who objected to the electoral college votes being certified even after the Capitol’s deadly attacks. He has since faced widespread criticism from both Democrats and fellow Republicans, with some calling for his removal from office.
“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,” a source close to the situation 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.”
A statement from Cruz’s office confirmed the departure, “Sen. Cruz and Lauren agreed that it would be best to part ways. He thanks her for her service and wishes her the best.”