A top operative of a conservative caucus who repeatedly proved to be a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans became the latest casualty of the so-called Republican civil war on Wednesday.
Paul Teller was fired from his job as the executive director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the group's current chair. The group sees its mission as pushing an increasingly conservative caucus of House Republicans even further to the right.
Officially, the reason Teller was fired was for leaking conversations between RSC members. "Trust between senior staff and RSC members is paramount," a spokesman for the group said according to Politico. "Every decision Chairman Scalise makes is in the best interest of the RSC and advancing conservative causes."
But Teller's far more serious offense seems to be that he had been working with groups now under fire from Republican leaders for speaking out against the two-year budget deal introduced earlier in the week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA).
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