Skip to comments.Fired by House Republicans, Hired by Ted Cruz
Posted on 01/13/2014 10:59:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Not every piece of congressional staffing news is going to be particularly relevant outside the beloved, wealthy Beltway. This is one of the outliers:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced Paul Teller as his new deputy chief of staff, effective Thursday, January 16.
Pauls many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team, Sen. Cruz said.
Many other Republicans are reading that and suppressing their gag reflexes. Thirteen years ago, when he was just 30, Teller joined the conservative Republican Study Committee as legislative director. Teller was there throughout the Bush years, first as hard-core conservatives reluctantly went along with the president's agenda, then as they turned away from it. (Remember the vote count for TARP.) Teller built bridges between the official party apparatus in Congress and the D.C. conservative movement. This, naturally, alienated the Republicans who came to be targeted by that movement. The outrage boiled over two and a half years ago, during the debt limit fight, at a closed-door Republican meeting where members confronted Teller with the emails he'd been sending to movement groups. Oregon Rep. Greg Walden (who now chairs the committee charged with electing more Republicans to the House) asked Teller to explain himself. Others chanted "fire him!"
Teller wasn't firednot right there. Only one month ago, as the year ended with routs for conservatives on Obamacare funding and entitlement spending, did the RSC sack its trusty staffer...
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
Now that’s badass toughness!
Makes Krispy Kreme look milquetoast in comparison.
I heard you on KLUR last week. You were very impressive!
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The comments on Slate’s article are hilarious.
Good for you, Ted!
The GOPe has declared war on us and they don’t like being exposed. Which is exactly what this staffer did by showing the base that they are betrayed by the GOPe.
As much as I admire both Senator Cruz and Paul Teller, I am disheartened that the only safe place for a conservative in Washington is on Senator Cruz’s staff.
Other Republicans, on and off the record, characterized Teller as a "tone-deaf" operative who lacked deference to the membership.
Ahaha. Senators think staffers should behave with "deference" towards their holiness. Great job, Senator Cruz! Teller will be an ethical and loyal Chief of Staff for you.