Collins, center, is the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
One hidden lesson from the recent Senate primary in Oregon: Always be nice to the lowest staffers in your office, because you never know where they might end up.
Back in 1998, Rob Collins was a young staff assistant on Capitol Hill working for Republican Rep. Frank Riggs. The congressman’s district director , Jason Conger, would call in to D.C. from northern California in order to talk to the chief of staff, and Collins was the one who patched him through. Fast forward nearly two decades: Conger is a state representative making a bid for the U.S. Senate in Oregon, while Collins is executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.