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Of course, the cynic in me believes this is less an offer of help, and more an attempt to surround newly elected members with staff who will advise being good little soldiers and blindly following their leaders. (Of course, that kind of thinking ultimately led to the near destruction of the GOP brand, and also to the rise of the tea party).In anticipation of major GOP gains in next week's elections, House Republican leaders have put together a list of experienced Washington hands to help fill top staff positions for the surge of newly elected outsiders.
That sounds reasonable. But, of course, it ultimately comes down to this:"You want to be sure that the newbies, when they hit town, do not necessarily bring their campaign staff to run their Congressional offices, because in some cases they are totally ill-equipped," one veteran Republican lobbyist said. "Winning an election is one thing, running a Congressional operation is another. A lot of these folks are really, really new to politics."
To be sure, it is wise for new members of Congress to hire competent staffers. Having someone on staff who knows the game and can serve as a guide, of sorts, may not be a bad idea. This is different from having your staff infiltrated.A Republican aide confirmed leadership's interest in having staff that works well with [Rep. John] Boehner to move the agenda forward.
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