Staff Exodus Hits Pelosi as Campaign Chief Leaves for New Job in Swamp

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is being hit with a mass exodus as staffers continue to jump ship.

Pelosi’s staff is leaving in numbers typically only seen with members of Congress who are retiring.

However, the news comes as the rumors swirl that Pelosi will call it quits after the midterms.

The latest to flee is not some mid-level staffer either, he is Pelosi’s campaign chief.

Jorge Aguilar, the executive director of Nancy Pelosi for Congress, has left the speaker’s office and will move to theGroup.

The D.C. lobbying firm boasts clients such as:

Aflac, American Bankers Association, American Water, Amgen, Comcast, Credit Suisse, Dell, Diageo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Microsoft, NCTA, OhioHealth, Pearson, PepsiCo among other big names.

Aguilar worked for Pelosi for nearly ten years.

From Politico:

His was the latest in a string of recent departures from Pelosi land that have pushed the speaker into the 90th percentile for highest House turnover, according to LegiStorm data.

Pelosi’s staff churn has been relatively stable over the years, tracking closely with the average among congressional offices. 

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But according to LegiStorm, turnover in the speaker’s office skyrocketed in 2021, a trend that tracked with anticipation that this will be her final term. 

Per LegiStorm’s data, her office ranked 42nd out of 439 House offices for turnover, and her turnover index rate was .69, almost double the average .38 turnover for offices overall last year. 

LegiStorm’s “turnover index” captures the rate of churn while accounting for salary. So the departure of a chief of staff would carry more than a scheduler. 

“Turnover of 0.0 indicates no turnover during a time period, while a 0.5 turnover index indicates that half of the office, weighted by salary, has turned over per year,” the website reads.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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