A Republican congressman in March focused on a lobbyist by writing a letter to the woman’s employer blame her of conflicting with “economic growth” and “stronger national security,” WNYC announced.
“But let’s be clear that there are organized forces — both national and local — who are already hard at work to put a stop to an agenda of limited government, economic growth, stronger national security,” Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) wrote in the letter, which is on his battle stationery.
The letter, which was requesting gifts, incorporated a note at the base perusing: “P.S. One of the ringleaders works in your bank!”
Saily Avelenda filled in as a senior VP at Lakeland Bank in Caldwell, N.J., before leaving. She has filled in as a dissident for a gathering called NJ eleventh for Change, which has been asking Frelinghuysen to hold town corridors and organized protests outside of his office in New Jersey.
“I had to write a statement to my CEO, and at my level as an assistant general counsel and a senior vice president, at this employer, it was not something that I expected,” Avelenda told WNYC.
“I thought my Congressman put them in a situation, and put me in a really bad situation as the constituent, and used his name, used his position and used his stationery to try to punish me.”
A lawyer told WNYC that the letter is likely not unlawful. However, it could represent an issue for the congressman politically.
Frelinghuysen’s battle office in an announcement called the note “an individual letter” and kept up that the congressman is not included with the “bank’s business.”
“The Congressman wrote a brief and innocuous note at the bottom of a personal letter regarding information that had been reported in the media. He was in no way involved in any of the bank’s business and is unaware of any of the particulars of this employee’s status with the bank,” the statement said.