GOP Lawmaker Calls Firing Of Aide '100 Percent Political'

Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 13:31:26-04

Republican State Representative Andy Holt has denounced as "100 percent political" the firing of his legislative aide who also worked as a campaign consultant.

According to reports, Michael Lotfi was told Thursday that he would not be retained for the next legislative session.

Lotfi earned about $34,000 a year for his legislative job, but state records showed his company called BrandFire Consulting has brought in another $153,000 over the current two-year election cycle.

Brandfire's top client was GOP Representative Jeremy Durham, who lost his primary earlier in August after the release of the attorney general's report detailing allegations of improper sexual interactions with 22 women.

Other customers included state Senator Mark Green, Representative Sheila Butt, and Holt.

Green and House Speaker Beth Harwell have been considering 2018 gubernatorial bids.