After ignoring repeated complaints from TX-21 Indivisible members about the unprofessional and disturbing online behavior of J. Wade Miller, Rep. Roy’s Chief of Staff, Congressman Roy finally acknowledged the problem. In response to a detailed report by Gilbert Garcia in the San Antonio Express-News, “Rep. Chip Roy’s staffer uses Twitter for profanity-laced rants,” Roy issued a press release stating that “I have put [Miller] on leave subject to completing appropriate counseling, and he has taken himself off of all forms of social media, effectively immediately”:
June 24, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Chip Roy released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“It came to my attention in recent days that my Chief of Staff, Wade Miller, exercised poor judgment and used inappropriate language while engaging with individuals on social media. It was wrong, and in response, my first step was to reprimand him privately, request that he back away from social media, and relay to my entire staff that under no circumstances is this kind of profane language acceptable on social media or any other platform.
“Wade has apologized to me and our team, and through this statement apologizes to the entire community I represent. He also informed me today that he, a Marine combat veteran, took it upon himself to make appointments for PTSD counseling. He said, ‘I let my anger over attacks on my military brothers and sisters, as well as law enforcement, cloud my judgment and represent this office poorly.’
“I have put him on leave subject to completing appropriate counseling, and he has taken himself off of all forms of social media, effectively immediately.
“While he is on leave my Deputy Chief of Staff, Maggie Harrell, will be acting Chief, and we will all continue to strive to ensure my office reflects the values of the central Texans I am proud to represent.”
The evening before the press release was issued, TX-21 Indivisible members were told by Rep. Roy’s staff that “the powers that be have decided that TX21 Indivisible will no longer be allowed to join office visits, virtual or otherwise.”
While the members of TX-21 Indivisible wish Mr. Miller the best as he works through his issues, we deplore Congressman Roy’s cowardly decision to punish us for his staffer’s misbehavior by banning us, his constituents, from contacting him. From Rep. Roy’s first day in office, we have sought to establish a civil and productive dialogue with him, despite our considerable differences. As this most recent incident shows, it is not our conduct that has caused problems. Rather, it is the aggressive, disrespectful climate that Rep. Roy himself has cultivated among his staff that has made a mockery of representative governance in TX-21.
If Rep. Roy truly wants his office to reflect “the values of the central Texans” he so “proudly” represents, he should re-open that office, the same way he insists we “Open America.” He should listen to what the voters of TX-21 are saying. To do otherwise is to demonstrate once again his disdain for the people who pay his salary.