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GOP Wants Insiders to Staff Outsiders

In 2007, Boehner and then-National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole clashed when Boehner asked Cole to fire top staffers after a series of problems plagued the campaign committee.

Cole refused the request, and Boehner later backed current NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) in his successful race against the Oklahoma Republican for the 2009-2010 cycle.

Democrats have also aided new Members choose their chiefs of staff.

As recently as 2008, Democrats helped the new class to fill top staff positions, a senior Democratic aide said.

Rather than having a list of potential staff at the ready, the Democratic Caucus, led by then-Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), helped incoming lawmakers find an appropriate match, the aide said.

"After it was clear they had won their race, there was a series of conversations about what they were looking for in a chief of staff," the aide said.

Democrats had a resume bank "of sorts," but they often went outside of it if no one fit the Member's criteria, the aide said.

"It was one of the top priorities that we filled immediately," the aide said, noting that Democrats plan on facilitating a similar search to help their new Members after the midterms.

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