Perhaps Representative Anthony D. Weiner should hang a permanent “Help Wanted” sign outside his office.
For the third time in the past 16 months, Mr. Weiner, a Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is going to have a new chief of staff. The current one, Geoffrey C. Plague, a well-respected Capitol Hill veteran who started in December, is leaving to take a job in the education field.
One More Member of Weiner’s Staff Heads Out the Door
Mr. Plague’s departure is the latest example of the high turnover in Mr. Weiner’s staff. In the last six years, Mr. Weiner, who is running for mayor in 2009, has had more turnover than any other member of the New York delegation to the House of Representatives, according to an analysis of Congressional data. About half of the members of his current staff have been on his payroll for less than a year.
By his own account, Mr. Weiner is an intense and demanding employer, with a propensity to raise his voice or pound on furniture when he wants to make a point. It is a hard-charging style, honed in Brooklyn, which appeals to some — but not all — in Washington, Mr. Weiner said in an interview last month.