‘I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink…’
CORRECTION: This story originally identified Charles Schumer as the Senate Majority Leader; he is the Senate Minority Leader.
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) An aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, was removed from his job last year due to “inappropriate encounters” with colleagues.
“Upon learning that he had inappropriate encounters within the office and that it was making some staff uncomfortable, he was asked to leave,” a Schumer spokesperson said on Friday, according to CBS News.
Matt House, who was Schumer’s communications director for more than 5 years, left quietly in November after making co-workers uncomfortable with his drunken comments.
“I deeply regret the mistakes I made on the number of occasions when I had too much to drink, and I apologize to anyone who was affected by my behavior,” House said.
The Huffington Post revealed the nature of House’s departure on Friday.
“I have always respected all of my colleagues and I was horrified to learn that I made anyone feel uncomfortable,” House said. “In the past three months, I’ve stopped drinking and I’ve committed to making myself a better colleague and person.”
House had a reputation as a fair and savvy political aide, and many of his colleagues were stunned by his sudden departure, particularly in light of the fact that he had not secured another job.
He previously worked in a communications role for Sen. Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign and in the congressional office of Rep. Paul Hodes, D-New Hampshire.
House has not faced any formal legal complaints in connection with the “inappropriate encounters.”