I can’t imagine a worse job in DC.
The communications director for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) abruptly announced his resignation yesterday after months of defending his boss amid intense media scrutiny of the outspoken lawmaker.
Dan Allen’s resignation immediately sparked speculation that he was shut out by DeLay’s closest advisers.
“The reason for Dan’s departure was simple: He simply was not a good fit for either the hardworking nature of the office or the gritty nature of the majority leader,” one Republican strategist with close ties to the DeLay camp said.
Another GOP insider said the office was difficult for Allen from the outset.
“DeLay’s office has always been seen as insular,” another GOP strategist said. “They pitched a good game that they wanted an outsider and an outsider’s perspective. In the end, that’s not what they wanted.”
The office was under fire from Allen’s first week on the job. On his third day, Leslie Stahl and a camera crew from CBS’s “60 Minutes” staked out a press conference on tsunami relief to ask DeLay about the criminal investigation by Austin, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who has been investigating the illegal fundraising of Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), DeLay’s political action committee.