- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 12, 2013

The executive director of the House Republican Study Committee has been fired, and the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots said the ouster is little more than the establishment GOP’s latest attempt to drive out the strong conservative element from the party — especially since the replacement hails as an ally of  House Speaker John Boehner.

Out is Paul Teller; in is Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, Breitbart.com reported. And angry is Jenny Beth Martin, president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.

“Paul is a conservative who works closely with outside groups, like ours, in order to communicate to members of Congress what is being said in the outside world, the rest of the country that they often times forget they are supposed to be representing,” she said, in a statement reported by Breitbart. “This is truly a line in the sand against those who want less government.”

Ms. Martin said the new chairman of the RSC, Mr. Scalise, will represent his friend Mr. Boehner’s interests more than those of other Republicans with conservative principles who deviate from the party line. But, she added, the political ploy won’t work.

Tea Party Patriots “will continue to defend those who the establishment attacks because we understand the attacks on our allies are attacks on us and our shared goals,” she said, in Breitbart.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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