CL – Key Palazzo staffers make quick exit; Resignations in Palazzo camp raise eyebrows

WASHINGTON — Three key staffers have resigned from Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office during the congressman’s first four months in office.

The resignations of Palazzo’s chief of staff, communications director and legislative director come at a critical time for the Mississippi Republican freshman. House members, who return to work next week, face increasing pressure to approve a fiscal 2012 budget and reach agreement on raising the federal debt limit.

A spokesman for the congressman said the ex-staffers “moved on to pursue new opportunities” and their resignations won’t affect Palazzo’s work representing the 4th District.

Clarion Ledger