Former congressional aide Robinson puts spotlight on staffers, tells of security issues

01/14/2011 07:24 PM

Rick Robinson, a former congressional aide to Jim Bunning, said U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ staff member who was killed in last weekend’s shooting in Tucson leaves a legacy of dedication and loyalty worthy of the “fraternity” of Capitol Hill aides.

Rick Robinson, author and former congressional aide to Jim Bunning

“I took this incident very, very personal,” said Robinson, who worked in Congress from 1987-1993. “I suddenly felt that grief — that personal connection — ┬ábecause we’re all part of this fraternity that has worked on Capitol Hill that believes in the institution of Congress. And somehow this young man got one of the bullets and was killed at an event that he set up.”

Robinson made the comments Friday on Pure Politics.

Robinson, a Fort Mitchell lawyer and author of three political thriller novels, writes a column for the conservative online publication, the Daily Caller, and focused his latest one about Zimmerman on Friday.

Robinson also talked about a previously unreported incident in which a staff member of Jim Bunning’s was allegedly driven off the road while part of a motorcade after an event involving Bunning and former Senator Bob Dole in 2004 near Hopkinsville. The car carrying Bunning and Dole wasn’t affected. He said the incident was reported to the police but wasn’t announced to the media.

Robinson said later after the taping that the staff member was Debbie McKinney, Bunning’s former state director.

Robinson worked for Bunning from 1997 to 1993 as legislative director and chief counsel.

- Ryan Alessi

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