Ordinarily, the prospect of serving alongside your former staffer would elicit pride from a member of Congress, but the potential congressional run of GOP staffer-turned-independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin has been received unenthusiastically by his former bosses, to say the least.
McMullin has been a polarizing figure in Republican politics since he decided to field a quixotic challenge against Donald Trump. But he took a turn towards pariah-dom under the Capitol Dome after he was quoted Wednesday in The Washington Post confirming the contents of an inner-circle Republican leadership meeting he attended when he was policy director for the House GOP Conference.
“I don’t think I’m ready to comment on that one,” said McMullin’s former boss, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
“Who?” answered Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry with a glare, when asked about the prospect that McMullin could join his chamber.