Fetterman loses three top staff members in past month: Report

 March 31, 2024

Over the course of just a month, Senator John Fetterman's office saw the departure of three prominent communication staffers, signaling a shift in dynamics within the Pennsylvania Democrat's team.

These exits coincide with Fetterman's divergent stance on key issues like Israel and immigration, setting him apart from some of his Democratic counterparts.

The latest departures

Joe Calvello, who previously served as Fetterman's Director of Communications both in his Senate office and during his 2022 campaign, recently announced his move to become the Chief Strategy Officer in Chicago Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson's office.

His departure marks a significant loss for Fetterman's team, as Calvello played a crucial role in shaping the senator's messaging and communication strategies.

Nicholas Gavio, Fetterman's former Deputy Communication Director, made headlines by revealing his transition to the Working Families Party as Mid-Atlantic Communications Director.

With his extensive experience in Fetterman's office and Senator Bernie Sanders' team, Gavio's departure underscores a shift towards progressive platforms outside of traditional Democratic circles.

Press aide leaves

Emma Mustion, Fetterman's Press and Digital Aide, added to the exodus by announcing her new role as press secretary in Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey's campaign office.

Having previously contributed to Fetterman's 2022 Senate campaign, Mustion's departure further highlights the evolving landscape within Fetterman's inner circle.

These departures coincide with Fetterman's recent break from mainstream Democratic positions, particularly on issues surrounding Israel. His unwavering support for Israel's right to defend itself against threats, despite criticism from within his own party, has positioned him as a staunch ally of the Israeli government.

"Israel has the right to prosecute Hamas to surrender or to be eliminated. Hamas owns every innocent death for their cowardice hiding behind Palestinian lives," Fetterman recently posted to X.

Fetterman's changes

Fetterman's departure from conventional Democratic rhetoric has drawn both praise and criticism. While some applaud his willingness to challenge the status quo, others question his alignment with policies that diverge from traditional Democratic platforms.

Amidst these shifts, Fetterman remains steadfast in his convictions, asserting his commitment to principles he believes are in the best interests of his constituents and the nation as a whole.

As he continues to navigate the complexities of modern politics, Fetterman's ability to maintain his integrity and stand firm in the face of adversity will undoubtedly shape his legacy in the years to come.

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