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JUST IN: An Outstanding Hire by Donald Trump

By  |  January 26, 2017, 04:20pm  |  @josh_hammer


The Daily Caller is reporting that President Trump is set to hire Paul Teller, former Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee (“RSC”) and ex-Chief of Staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, to be the White House’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill conservatives:

The new role will put Teller in charge of ensuring that conservative congressmen in the House Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Committee and Senate Steering Committee are on board with the administration’s most important new policies.

Like many others in the conservative movement, I have known Paul in an on-and-off capacity for a number of years now.  Besides our mutual passion for Duke Blue Devils basketball, I personally know Paul to be a genuinely kind man.  He met with me a few times back when I was a recent college graduate considering a career on the Hill, and was very helpful to me at that time.

Perhaps more relevantly, Paul is also a ferocious and unapologetic warrior for the conservative movement to which he has devoted his professional life.  He is a full-throttle, no-holds-barred conservative.  He is ardently in favor of limited government, gun rights, the pro-life cause, the pro-Israel cause, counter-jihadism, and so on.  His work on the Hill is a testament to that; it is no accident that, after he was let go by the RSC for essentially being too unyielding (itself a move that highlighted the ideological watering down of the once-selective RSC and the need for the formation of a new group like the Freedom Caucus), he was soon hired by no less a stalwart than Ted Cruz himself.

This new role is perfect for Paul.  He will not shill for the Trump Administration if it goes wayward, but will work to right the ship.  The conservative movement is in good hands with Paul in this role.

This is an outstanding hire by Donald Trump.  Kudos to the White House.