This is how legislators should behave

I can’t imagine what happened or might’ve happened if Rodney Frelinghuysen’s supporters could pick on her on social media.

The most powerful congressman in New Jersey, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, wrote a fundraising letter in March to a board member of a local bank, warning him that a member of an activist group opposing the Republican worked at his bank.

The employee was questioned and criticized for her involvement in NJ 11th for Change, a group that formed after the election of Donald Trump and has been pressuring Frelinghuysen to meet with constituents in his district and oppose the Trump agenda.

“Needless to say, that did cause some issues at work that were difficult to overcome,” said Saily Avelenda of West Caldwell, New Jersey, who was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel at the bank before she resigned. She says the pressure she received over her political involvement was one of several reasons she decided to leave.

Frelinghuysen’s district is inching toward the Democrats, according to Lawyers Guns & Money, as indeed most northeastern districts. This gasbag’s loss in 2018 would be a particular thrill. A pity – the Frelinghuysens have been a part of the federal government for almsot two centuries.

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