Death of former DeLauro aide another blow in tough week

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, already reeling from this weekend’s shooting of her congressional colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, got more terrible news on Monday.

Her former chief of staff, Ashley Turton, a longtime Capitol Hill aide turned lobbyist, was found dead in her car on Monday morning. She was apparently involved in a low-speed crash that resulted in a fire.  

In a statement, DeLauro called Turton, who was married to a top White House staffer, a “comrade in arms” and a “member of our family.”

“She was special as a pioneering chief-of-staff who knew how to make the House of Representatives work for people,” DeLauro said. “This is truly a terrible week for our Congressional family.”