Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump and one of the most visible figures in the administration, is expanding her operation inside the White House by hiring a veteran congressional staffer as her chief of staff.
Conway has recruited Renee Hudson, who has been serving as chief of staff to Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), to work for her in the West Wing as her chief of staff, according to two Republican officials. Conway confirmed the hiring in an email late Friday and said that Hudson plans to begin work next week.
Hmmm. You have to give Mrs. H some credit — cultivating that lengthy career in Washington while her hubby was back home in Concord slaving away to build Cabarrus Marketing. MORE:
[…] By hiring a chief of staff of her own, Conway is asserting and perhaps growing her influence in the White House, where a coterie of top advisers have been competing for Trump’s ear and over the shape of his agenda.
Hudson has significant experience on Capitol Hill and deep connections in Republican politics. She previously served as chief of staff to Reps. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.).
Former speaker John Boehner and former House majority leader Eric Cantor both heavily invested in Richard Hudson’s first race for Congress. After that victory, Mrs. H went to work for a PAC closely tied to Boehner and Karl Rove.
Hudson is married to Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who is a gregarious and well-liked member of the Republican conference and a trusted ally of Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other party leaders.[…]
Hmmm. “[A] trusted ally of Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other party leaders”? And here he’s been coming home trying to tell us what an independent, conservative guy he is. (Perhaps those F ratings from Heritage and Conservative Review aren’t so far off the mark.)
The Washington Post sees ol’ Rich as a loyal soldier for the Washington establishment. Just like we always have.