Republican former Congressman Devin Nunes of California officially resigned from the House of Representatives this week to take on his new post as the CEO of former President Donald Trump's new social media venture, the Trump Media and Technology Group.
Nunes was particularly prominent as one of the former President's most vocal defenders throughout Trump's first impeachment inquiry. He also gained notoriety for his litigiousness, most infamously against fictional cows.
In his resignation letter, Nunes wrote:
“It has been the honor of my life to represent the people of California’s San Joaquin Valley for the last 19 years."
Representing California's 22nd congressional district may have been the honor of his life, but a fair share of Nunes' former constituents don't think he did an honorable job doing it, as evidenced by a recent editorial from a paper in Nunes' district, The Fresno Bee.
In light of his resignation, the Bee posted a mock job description for the prospective representative who will fill Nunes' seat after an upcoming special election.
The paper made no secret of its disdain for the now-former Congressman.
Among the job qualifications listed was "a commitment to meet regularly with average citizens," with the paper writing:
"The last record The Bee has of Nunes meeting with constituents in a typical town hall came in 2009. In recent years, he would only gather with specific like-minded interest groups or in fundraising events that bore a hefty admission."
They also requested a representative willing to face the press:
"Nunes was infamous for only granting interviews to friendly media outlets, such as Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday program on Fox News or Ray Appleton’s KMJ radio show. Nunes refused to engage with reporters from news outlets like The Bee who might ask probing questions. This, despite the fact he was one of the most senior and powerful Republicans in Congress."
But the most important quality was a "commitment to the truth," especially in light of the continued disinformation regarding the 2020 election.
It is amazing that such a sentence needs to be written, but such is the state of one of America’s two main political parties, the GOP. ... Whoever fills out the remaining months of Nunes’ term must be committed to telling the truth. In light of the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, there can be no exception.
People agreed with the Bee's take.
And they weren't the only ones celebrating his departure.
With congressional districts in California newly redrawn following the 2020 census, the chances of a Democrat being Nunes' successor are much greater.