Molinaro hires far-right legislative director
Katherine Tully-McManus reports for Politico that Connor Torossian is now legislative director for Marc Molinaro, the Republican who now represents New York's 19th Congressional District. Torossian previously was a legislative assistant for Rep. Glenn Grothman, a far-right Wisconsin Republican. Grothman as been quoted saying things such as, "A majority of Americans have voted for a party that … wants a world in which you cannot call your parents mom and dad." and "I know the strength that Black Lives Matter had in this last election. I know it's a group that doesn't like the old-fashioned family.... I'm disturbed that we have another program here in which we're increasing the marriage penalty." Grothman may be best known for being included in one of HBO comedian John Oliver's "People Who Somehow Got Elected" series. Molinaro paints himself as a Republican moderate, and marched in at least one Black Lives Matter rally as Dutchess County Executive, while Torossian's Twitter feed shows that the new Congressperson has hired an ultra conservative as his legislative director.