John Billings, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has just resigned, Punchbowl News reports.
The news has been confirmed by the NRCC, which put out a statement, saying, “John Billings no longer works for the NRCC. We don’t comment on personnel matters.”
What’s going on?
It appears that the cause of Billings’s resignation is allegations of sexual misconduct.
Punchbowl News’s report is based on multiple sources with whom the outlet spoke, sources who are said to have familiarity with the situation taking place at the NRCC.
These sources revealed to the Punchbowl News that multiple women have alleged improper behavior by Billings. The women are said to have made the sexual misconduct allegations just recently, within the past week.
At this point, there are still many unknowns about the situation. Specifics about the allegations, for example, have not been revealed. So, exactly what Billings did that was improper is not known.
The NRCC, though, does know those details, and it appears that the committee, following the allegations, decided to initially suspend Billings. It was not long thereafter that Billings resigned from his executive director position.
Potential collateral damage
It appears that this whole situation could be bad news for more people than just Billings. Breitbart News, for example, suggests that Billings’s resignation “deals a blow” to Rep. Tom Emmer’s (R-MN) quest to become the House Republican Whip, should the Republicans, as expected, gain control over the U.S. House.
Emmer is the current chairman of the NRCC, and the idea here is that his association with Billings – along with the Republicans’ poor midterm elections performance – could hurt Emmer’s leadership bid.
“Not everyone in conservative media supports Emmer’s leadership bid in light of Billings’ resignation and the GOP’s performance last week,” Breitbart reports, backing this statement up with evidence.
This is a developing story with a lot of blanks left to be filled in. But, for now, the one thing we do know is that Billings is out.
Billings has been with the NRCC for a few years now, since 2019. Initially, during the 2019-2020 election cycle, he ran what the committee called its Patriot Program. Then, it was in 2021 that Billings became the NRCC’s executive director, the role he had up until his resignation.