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RSC Fires Executive Director for Leaking 'Member-Level' Talks to Outside Groups
national journal ^ | 12/11/2013 | Tim Alberta

Posted on 12/11/2013 11:36:39 AM PST by Gipper08

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise has fired the group's longtime executive director, Paul Teller, multiple sources tell National Journal.

The reason for the dismissal, according to sources familiar with the situation, is that Teller allegedly shared sensitive conversations between RSC members with outside advocacy groups, some of whom hold policy positions counter to the RSC.

"No staffer is above a member," said one senior Republican aide familiar with the situation. "Paul was divulging private, member-level conversations and actively working against RSC strategies supported by House conservatives."

Teller could not immediately be reached for comment.

The move comes as Scalise, who has not stated whether he will support the budget compromised brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan, is attempting to take the temperature of his members on the agreement.

Scalise was meeting individually with top conservative lawmakers, including former RSC Chairman Jim Jordan, prior to Wednesday's RSC gathering. Jordan, who is close to Teller, initially said the meeting was about Ryan's budget agreement. But it became clear afterwards that other things, including Teller's dismissal, were discussed.

On his way into the RSC meeting, Scalise emphasized that he remained undecided on Ryan's deal. "We're going to talk about that in here," he said.

Teller, a staunch conservative with longstanding ties to outside groups opposing the deal, is accused of working behind the scenes to derail the budget agreement.

The dismissal was announced to members at Wednesday's closed-door meeting. Shortly after the caucus gathered around lunchtime, dozens of staffers were asked to leave the room, an unusual move that typically signals Scalise's desire to discuss a sensitive matter with RSC members only.

Scalise informed members at the meeting that he had asked for Teller's resignation, and that Teller accepted. But the chairman did not elaborate on why the decision was made. "If you want to discuss the details, call my office," Scalise said, according to members present.

The decision was apparently made unilaterally by Scalise. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., a member of the RSC steering committee, said she was surprised by the news of Teller's firing. "I didn't find out about it until I walked in the room," she said.

Teller joined the RSC in 2001 as legislative director, and shortly thereafter assumed the role of executive director, a position he's held for more than 10 years.

There is no immediate word on who will replace Teller as executive director, a pivotal position that helps organize weekly meetings and policy papers for the caucus of more than 170 House Republicans.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: louisiana; vancemcallister
Make no mistake this is an establishment hit on conservatism timed with the Ryan Sellout in order to wipe out the opposition to big government Republicanism in the house.
1 posted on 12/11/2013 11:36:39 AM PST by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

Jim DeMint should hire him immediately.


2 posted on 12/11/2013 11:38:27 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Gipper08

Heck half of the RINOs leak stuff to the Dems and they don’t get fired.


3 posted on 12/11/2013 11:38:53 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gipper08

establishment chants FIRE HIM to conservative in Debt deal
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/60035.html

Boehner to members “get your @ss in line”
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/27/boehner-to-gop-members-get-your-ass-in-line/

They have been waiting to get this guy for awhile.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 11:40:11 AM PST by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

Make no mistake this is an establishment hit on conservatism timed with the Ryan Sellout in order to wipe out the opposition to big government Republicanism in the house.


Their is clearly a new game plan to marginalize conservatives by the beltway GOP. Ryan & Boehner both lashed out at conservatives today. The surrender caucus is trying to get their right flank covered before the 2014 campaign season starts.


5 posted on 12/11/2013 11:45:39 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Gipper08

For stupid!! The guys name is “TELLER!” Hel-lo-o-o! He can’t keep a secret.


6 posted on 12/11/2013 11:52:19 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: driftdiver

Very true!!!
Reid and Pelosi knew exactly who could be flipped way before each vote.


7 posted on 12/11/2013 12:00:20 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Gipper08

Night of the long knives.


8 posted on 12/11/2013 12:00:56 PM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: Gipper08

The purge continues.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 12:05:59 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Gipper08
From the linked source:

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), an RSC member and one of those on the RSC “target list,” said that leadership has given the RSC “everything that we have asked for.” Ellmers said she may quit the group.

Does anybody really believe that?

“Yet when it comes time for a little bit of compromise on the RSC’s part, they’re not willing to compromise. And that’s just not the way to go about this,” Ellmers said.

They're increasing discretionary spending by nearly $70 billion and she calls it 'getting everything they wanted'? I take it she thinks 'conservatives' want to spend more. Looks like the RSC needs to purge its ranks as she probably joined in order to gain a credential, not to curtail our runaway government.

Time to send her name to the TEA Party to find her a worthy primary opponent.

10 posted on 12/11/2013 12:09:32 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Gipper08
WHO is the "Republican Study Committee" (RSC):

Several members of the RSC have held high positions in the House leadership. Presently, seven of the nine top Republican leaders—Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Conference Vice-Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Conference Secretary John Carter, Policy Committee chairman Tom Price, and National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions—are members of the RSC. Only two members of Republican leadership are not members of the RSC: Speaker John Boehner (who is, by tradition, the leader of the House Republicans) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

11 posted on 12/11/2013 12:11:53 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: Carry_Okie; LibFreeUSA

The real problem is that in 2010,despite being the largest GOP freshman class in history, is also the most liberal in history(in terms of big government establishment careerism). Even the 15 most conservative I don’t see keeping their sparkling activism in ten years.

We simply don’t have conservatives in D.C.


12 posted on 12/11/2013 12:18:15 PM PST by Gipper08
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To: Gipper08

Even the RSC is at war against conservatives?


13 posted on 12/11/2013 12:39:24 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: lodi90

These guys want to see a Democrat rout in 2014 it seems to me


14 posted on 12/11/2013 12:40:10 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Gipper08

CNN and Politico? The DNC outlets? Really?


15 posted on 12/11/2013 12:41:32 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Gipper08

bump

I agree


16 posted on 12/11/2013 12:41:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

I’m so disgusted with the R’s in DC.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 12:55:06 PM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: butterdezillion

me too


18 posted on 12/11/2013 12:56:59 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Gipper08

That’s what I have been saying. It’s fine to beat up on Boehner and the RINOs but the truth is we really have no representation exept for a handful of conservatives. Cruz - our pride and joy - actually went to the Mandela festival. We are so screwed.


19 posted on 12/11/2013 1:30:19 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Gipper08

That’s what i have been saying. Its fine to beat up on Boehner and the RINOs but the truth is we dont have hardly any conservatives in govt. Our pride and joy actually went to the Mandela festival. We are so screwed.


20 posted on 12/11/2013 1:34:38 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Gipper08

That is because conservatives are not viewed as good canidates.


21 posted on 12/11/2013 1:42:11 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Gipper08

You are absolutely correct, Sir!


22 posted on 12/11/2013 1:47:21 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Gipper08

Even in the Pence years at the helm you couldn’t count more than 20-30 (max) as actual conservatives in Congress, since then some of these formerly reliable members have gone “rotten”.


23 posted on 12/11/2013 1:49:34 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Gipper08

It’s amazing how the establishment GOP can play deft hardball with so-called “rogue” elements in their own conference but when it comes to Democrats, they fold like cheap suits.


24 posted on 12/11/2013 2:20:37 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SgtHooper

Yeah. They’ll prolly replace him with Stool Pigeon....


25 posted on 12/11/2013 3:29:10 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> the group’s longtime executive director, Paul Teller... allegedly shared sensitive conversations between RSC members with outside advocacy groups, some of whom hold policy positions counter to the RSC.

Thanks Gipper08.


26 posted on 12/11/2013 3:48:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Gipper08

Let Teller be picked up by the Republican Senate Conservative Fund where he can practice punching the nose of a McConnell effigy.


27 posted on 12/11/2013 3:56:20 PM PST by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: Gipper08
If true, while I'm sympathetic I understand the firing. Proprietary information can't be leaked to 3rd parties of any sort. If I was boss, I'd have had the resignation letter ready for a signature in a New York minute. In house stays in-house.

We don't need leaked info to derail this crock of a budget plan.

28 posted on 12/11/2013 4:01:09 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Gipper08

There’s no indication what he leaked, but I suspect that he was NOT fired for betraying conservatives. Because this is not really a conservative group. It’s a fake conservative group.


29 posted on 12/11/2013 4:01:17 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Gipper08
The real problem is that in 2010,despite being the largest GOP freshman class in history, is also the most liberal in history(in terms of big government establishment careerism). Even the 15 most conservative I don’t see keeping their sparkling activism in ten years.

The problem is that nobody has filled the shoes of Jeb Hensarling and Mike Pence.

30 posted on 12/11/2013 4:02:50 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Darren McCarty

Including Hensarling and Pence both of whom started selling out in 2007 thereabouts ...


31 posted on 12/11/2013 4:08:23 PM PST by Gipper08
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To: Darren McCarty

“We don’t need leaked info to derail this crock of a budget plan.”

but for it to pass you do need Teller gone and House”conservatives” in line and no organized in house opposition. Get the firing now?

This isn’t the intelligence committee.A budget deal should be 100% transparent...


32 posted on 12/11/2013 4:11:56 PM PST by Gipper08
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To: Darren McCarty

I disagree. When a group is infested by infiltrators, word must get to outside forces about who the turncoats are.

This is not a gentlemen’s club, this is fight club.


33 posted on 12/11/2013 4:48:41 PM PST by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Now Teller can “tell” all. They’re be sorry and deservedly so.

He’ll become like a Schweitzer or Adams. Oh boy, this is gonna be fun!


34 posted on 12/11/2013 5:01:23 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: headstamp 2

Suggest you rethink that. How can you fold to your own organization? The gop is just one wing of the same uniparty. Conservative are the enemy, not their fellow travelers in the ‘rat wing of their own party.


35 posted on 12/11/2013 5:24:34 PM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: Gipper08

Maybe the new LA congressman, Vance McAllister, can hire him. Scalise opposed McAllister’s election.


36 posted on 12/11/2013 5:33:57 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: Gipper08

Ryan looks like Eddie Munster...and acts like him too.
He betrayed us and his country!!!


37 posted on 12/11/2013 5:55:27 PM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: Gipper08
"No staffer is above a member," said one senior Republican aide familiar with the situation.

Hey. I got an idea, Stupid...I mean, Steve.

Why don't you tell those stupid Republican Senators to negotiate out in the open? Why do negotiations need to be secret?

38 posted on 12/12/2013 6:29:29 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: plain talk

So Ted Cruz is bad for going there and walking out on Raul Castro’s speech??

You think that scenario played out ACCIDENTALLY?

Ted Cruz plays Chess.

And I’m not saying it was a political chess move. I’m saying as Cuban on his father’s side he hates the Castros and their little clubby Commie dictatorship and he knew that Mandela’s Cuban connection would be front and center, which it was.

And this was Ted Cruz’s personal answer to Raul.


39 posted on 12/12/2013 7:45:21 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." (Glenn Beck))
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To: txrangerette

I didn’t say Cruz is bad or a RINO like some idiots do everytime a conservative does not follow the purist path. But it was bizarre and inconsistent for Cruz to walk out on Castro yet travel across the globe to honor a terrorist and necklacer. He should not have gone in the first place.


40 posted on 12/12/2013 8:59:42 AM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

I thought it was great

Oh yeah they were all there honoring Mandela, right

The Clinton’s, professional funeral crashers along with Huma the MB estranged wife of the strange weiner and Chelsea whose husband hasn’t been spotted since he took off for a ski slope on their honeymoon

And BO whooping it up with some babe

Pshaw!

We want republicans to play the game on terms of quitting the nice guys finish last

But many here pounce on them as soon as they nuance something that might be interpreted by the press who will always hate them as criticisable

Good for Cruz. Even and especially if he went halfway around the world to attend an event where he can see one of the Castro b’s and snub him

If the president is allowed to shake his hand, multitudes worse than snubbing him, then Ted can snub him

Take the gloves off!


41 posted on 12/12/2013 1:25:23 PM PST by stanne
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To: GeronL

Well, the enemy facing Conservatives’ front.
And the enemy at Conservatives’ back.
Not good.
Seems only a handful of Repubs are not doing the Dems’ work for them.

Boner and McSurrender for sure have sold us to the enemy.


42 posted on 12/12/2013 6:47:15 PM PST by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: Gipper08; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...

Mark Levin went on a rant about this the other night.

PING!


43 posted on 12/12/2013 9:34:50 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: lodi90

Their is clearly a new game plan to marginalize conservatives by the beltway GOP................>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The RINOs just threw down the gauntlet, and Sarah Palin is picking it up. Many Republican primaries will become battles royal, and there may even be 3rd party candidates. Bring it on Boehner. Ted Cruz and Mile Lee were right.

REPEAL OBAMA CARE!!!!!!!!!


44 posted on 12/13/2013 1:59:32 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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What I don’t understand is why you people still don’t get
it. The republican party is the false opposition front of
the liberal democrat party. The tards have infiltrated
everything from religion to the boy scouts. What makes you
think that they haven’t infiltrated and taken over the
republican party? It has been one party rule sense the
election of George Bush Sr. The only real republicans that
are left are the conservatives and by now you should have
noticed they are under fire from the democrat and democrat lite
party.
Did the continuing progress to socialism ever stop,
slow down or retreat when the so called republicans had the power
to do something? No it didn’t. If the truth be told there
are still two parties. The socialist party (democrats and RINOS)
and the conservative party.


45 posted on 12/14/2013 6:03:30 AM PST by Slambat
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To: Slambat
The republican party is the false opposition front of the liberal democrat party.

I think of it as a sort of lightning rod, which safely "grounds" conservative opposition which might damage the socialist power structure. From the point of view of the lightning, any effort spent on it is wasted.

Somebody please prove me wrong. Please?

46 posted on 12/21/2013 12:34:20 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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