Senate Climate Staffer Abruptly Moves to EPA
By Juliet Eilperin
In a sign of upheaval in the climate arena on Capitol Hill, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staffer Joseph Goffman abruptly left his post Friday as senior counsel for global warming and air issues and is headed to work at the EPA.
Goffman had been one of the key aides drafting the newly-introduced climate bill authored by Democratic Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (Calif.), but had been sidelined from working on it in recent weeks, according to several sources who asked not to be identified because discussing a personnel matter. Before joining the panel a year ago to work on climate issues, he served as legislative director for Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.).
Goffman, who could not be reached for comment Monday, will start work as senior counsel in the office of air and radiation, according to EPA spokeswoman Adora Andy. Peter Rafle, spokesman for the Environment and Public Works Committee, declined to comment on the matter.
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