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Fired by House Republicans, Hired by Ted Cruz
Slate ^ | January 13, 2014 | David Weigel, Journ-o-list member

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.

“Paul’s 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 fired—not 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 ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2016; cruz; gope; tedcruz

1 posted on 01/13/2014 10:59:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now that’s badass toughness!

Makes Krispy Kreme look milquetoast in comparison.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 12:03:53 AM PST by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I heard you on KLUR last week. You were very impressive!


3 posted on 01/14/2014 3:05:07 AM PST by Sporke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; Fiddlstix; petercooper; firebrand; sr4402; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


4 posted on 01/14/2014 4:55:29 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

The comments on Slate’s article are hilarious.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 6:27:43 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: SoConPubbie; 2ndDivisionVet

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.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 8:01:20 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 10:32:38 AM PST by Kennard
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
From the article:

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.

8 posted on 01/14/2014 12:13:07 PM PST by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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