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.