Rep. David Curson’s tenure in Washington isn’t much longer than the life span of an average house fly, but that’s not stopping him from acting like he’s in it for the long haul — and that includes cleaning house and hiring his own staff.
Curson, the Michigan Democrat who is filling the end of the term for former Rep. Thad McCotter, has less than six weeks in office. He did not run for a full term, and he’ll be heading back to Michigan when Republican Kerry Bentivolio is sworn in in January.
You wouldn’t know Curson was such a short-timer. He replaced all of McCotter’s staff with his own people, even down to the constituent service folks — the ones who help with missing Social Security checks and passport requests and the like — back in the district offices, according to the sharp-eyed folks over at Legistorm.
He’s brought on Pat McCarty, the former executive director of the United Auto Workers’ Michigan community action program, to be his blink-and-you-might-miss-him chief of staff.
Such a changing of the guard isn’t unusual, says Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation. Since the 1990s, any lawmaker of a different party typically replaces the entire staff, he notes. “It’s traditional in today’s day and age,” he says.
But a six-week stint sure isn’t the norm. The Curson staff — nine at the last count — will likely be sent packing in January when the new GOP boss settles in.
Better not get too comfortable...