Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Dist. 2, asked for and accepted the resignation of his new press secretary, Rebekah Stevens, saying her past had become a distraction.
“When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition from activist to become an asset to the people of New Mexico,” Pearce said in a statement. “It is now clear that major obstacles will prevent this. I asked for and accepted her resignation this morning.”
Pearce said he held himself and his staff to the highest level of accountability, and any distractions that hindered his service to New Mexicans must always be addressed.
Prior to starting work with Pearce, Stevens was reportedly a conservative activist and controversial blogger for PolitixFireball. According to media reports, the PolitixFireball blog and Twitter accounts posted inflammatory remarks about state journalists, Republican politicians, political activists groups and members of both political parties.
Pearce’s office announced Stevens as his new state press secretary Tuesday, replacing communications director Eric Layer, who left Friday to take a position as vice president of communications and member relations at the Association of Commerce and Industry.