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The new GOP whip let a lobbyist sit in on job interviews for his staff

Steve Scalise takes a selfie.
Steve Scalise takes a selfie.
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Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

Steve Scalise, the new House Majority Whip (R-LA), let a lobbyist sit in during his office's job interviews for potential staffers, report Politico's Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman. The lobbyist — John Feehery of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a former House GOP aide — participated in the interviews as well. "Several ethics lawyers and current and former leadership aides said they have never heard of a similar arrangement," the authors write. The interviews were to fill the role of communications director. Head over to Politico for the whole story.

It may seem a rather tone-deaf start to the Scalise era, but he could be sending exactly the message he wants to send — to lobbyists. When Scalise took over the House Republican Study Committee at the end of 2012, a staffer there had recently written a report advocating copyright reform — a report the committee quickly retracted after pressure from industry. On taking over, Scalise let the staffer go, reportedly at the request of lobbyists.

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