These 9 chiefs of staff counsel House Republicans’ unruliest conspiracy theorists and Biden tormenters

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Much has been made in recent years about needing “adults in the room” to stop mercurial pols from wreaking havoc on the federal government.

None of that matters if the supposedly moderating influence wholeheartedly agrees with their rabble-rousing boss. 

A cadre of House Republicans, ranging from newcomer Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to grizzled veteran Louie Gohmert of Texas, have been battling for the disruptor-in-chief mantle since twice-impeached former President Donald Trump decamped to Florida to plan his revenge tour. 

The avid agitators bounce from endless cultural skirmishes — including bogus reports about government-sponsored book promotions and Biden banning burgers —  to broadsides against their own leadership. The top-tier personnel who could maybe rein them in are totally on board, a former senior GOP aide said. 

“These people are drinking the Kool-Aid,” the Republican ex-chief of staff told Insider, adding that there’s no Stockholm Syndrome happening — even in “rogue” Republicans’ offices. “They align with that philosophy.” 

Here are nine chiefs of staff whose brand is to create a crisis. In a textbook example of adhering to the never-outshine-the-boss ethos, none of them responded to repeated requests by Insider for comment about their jobs.

Kevin Eichinger, chief of staff for Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio

Eichinger has spent his entire political career with Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican of Ohio, rising through the office ranks from an intern in 2007 to chief of staff since 2017. It’s been a bumpy ride for sure, as Jordan is no stranger to scandal. 

In recent years Jordan has been accused of turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse during his nearly decade-long stint as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Jordan, who was recently told to shut up while arguing about First Amendment rights during a congressional hearing about COVID-19, remains in close contact with Trump. 

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While his boss works tirelessly to “own the libs”, Eichinger stays behind the scenes and mostly tweets about his favorite pastime: fly fishing.

Connie Hair, chief of staff for Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas

Hair has been by Gohmert’s side for more than a decade, assuming the chief of staff role after briefly sampling other jobs — including communications director, coalitions advisor, and research analyst — in other GOP offices. 

Gohmert, a Texas Republican who tested positive for the coronavirus in July 2020 after roaming mask-free on the House floor and participating in a Judiciary Committee hearing attended by then-Attorney General William Barr, was recently fined $5,000 for bypassing the metal detectors that were installed after the January 6 assault on the Capitol.

Blake Harp, chief of staff for Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina

Harp has been a part of freshman North Carolina Republican Madison Cawthorn’s life since their days together at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. The one-time college buddy served as Cawthorn’s campaign manager in 2020, and followed his friend to Washington. 

Former classmates have accused Cawthorn of sexually harassing women during his college days. Cawthorn spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that immediately preceded the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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