Bonjean & Mollineau — The Ashley Madison Fallout: How Will Staffers Fare?

Roll Call
September 2, 2015


“Putting the member of Congress and the office in a bad position with voters back home because of bad personal choices is definitely a fire-able offense,” said Ron Bonjean, a former chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference and communications director for former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and now a partner with Rokk Solutions.

Many Capitol Hill jobs are “at will” employees, so it’s within the office’s right to terminate for just about any reason, said Rodell Mollineau, a former Democratic Senate leadership staffer and also a partner at Rokk Solutions. Mollineau said the outcome might depend on the staffer’s position, “A low-level staffer might get a pass while a highly recognizable or prominent staff member would get fired for reflecting poorly on the office.”

Mollineau says if it happened on a personal email account on someone’s own time and computer, the staffer would likely be spared. But he added, “Any office has some responsibility to find out if the staffer actually used the site versus their email being stolen. We are talking about people’s professional and personal reputations here.”

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