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August 06, 2014

Good News! New GOP "Conservative" Whip Uses Crony Capitalist Loving, TEA Party Hating "Bi-Partisan Lobbyist" As A Consultant

You might think that on the heels of the House GOP leadership shake-up caused by the primary defeat of K-Street's friend Eric Cantor, the new GOP leadership team would at least pretend to not be in bed with liberal GOP lobbyists. Naturally, you'd be wrong.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got some help interviewing potential new hires for his press shop from an unlikely source: a federal lobbyist.

Quinn Gillespie & Associates’ John Feehery sat in on and participated in multiple official interviews with job candidates last month for the new majority whip’s press operation. Scalise has not yet announced who he will name as his communications director.

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[Scalise Spokesman T.J.] Tatum wrote in an email: “The office met with and sought the advice of many current and former members of House leadership and their staff to gauge best practices while building up the Whip operation. John Feehery is a well-respected former senior House leadership communications aide whom the office has previously contracted with to provide media training. The office has only ever sought his advice and opinion as a communications professional with many years of House leadership experience.”

Let's review Feehery's history as a "communications aide" to House Leadership...he was Speaker Denny Hastert's spokesman. Yes Team GOP, by all means let us return to the glory days of Hastert's speakership. You know, the one that ended with the GOP being wiped out in 2006. But don't worry, he only came to that job after working for Haley Barbour's lobbying firm.

So just out of curiousity, why is the "conservative" member of the House leadership team consulting with a guy who worked for a moderate Republican Speaker who is a self-described "bi-partisan super lobbyist", who longs for the good old days when Republicans would "fall in line" and insists the GOP needs to continue to embrace crony capitalism?

Oh and he thinks the TEA party "must be crushed".

It is time to get rid of the Tea Party.

They are an embarrassment. Worse, they are collaborating with Democrats to bring down Republicans and make it easier for Democrats to win general elections.

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The Tea Party has been a fifth column within the Republican Party, blowing up bridges, sabotaging supply lines, creating false controversies, wasting valuable party resources, and generally making it easier for Senate Democrats and Barack Obama to stay in power.

That's the guy the 3rd ranking member of the House GOP thinks should have input on his communications director.

Ronald Reagan used to say he didn't leave the Democrats, but the Democrats left him.

Well, the GOP didn't leave me, I left the GOP. This is who they are and you aren't going to change them. They aren't RINOs, conservatives who support smaller government, less spending and breaking up the big government-big government lovefest but still register as Republicans are the RINOs.


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