Gosar Picks Alaskan Attorney as Deputy Chief

Looks like high profile Alaska attorney, Tom Van Flein, will be heading to Washington, D.C. to help head the office of newly-elected CD-1 Congressman, Paul Gosar.

An Alaskan, you may ask?

Van Flein, who has been counselor to Governor Sarah Palin and GOP TEA Party candidate, Joe Miller, will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to Arizona’s newest member of the congressional delegation.

Here is the excerpt from the Anchorage Daily NewsAlaska Ear:

ON THE MOVE … Word in the northwest corner of Anchorage is that Tom Van Flein, attorney for Palins, Millers and others, is taking a leave of absence from his firm for at least a year so he can move to Washington, D.C., to be deputy chief of staff for Arizona’s newly elected congressman, dentist Paul Gosar.

It makes sense, darlings. Gosar was endorsed by Our Sarah. He supports Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigrant law and he’s been inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame. Sounds like Tom’s cup of tea.


Comments

  1. Awesome addition to AZ Congressional Delegation. Maybe they can hire some really great staff from other conservative states too, like texas or Louisiana, or I dont know, anywhere but arizona.
    I am sure it will only take Tom a few weeks to learn where major Az cities are located on a map.

  2. WTF? Arizonans not good enough for ya, Gosar? Thank god I’m no longer in that district.

  3. Conservative 2 the Core says

    Next thing you know he will announce his Chief of Staff is a CA Dentist.

    Not an Arizonan? Poor choice.

  4. Disappointing. Great constituent service starts with staff members who know the district.

  5. On the surface this doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it makes you wonder how well-connected Gosar is in Arizona? If Arizonans helped him get elected, it really does come across as a slap in the face to people who worked to put him there.
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    There was a time when abortion was the single-issue for conservatives. Arguably, single-issue voting made the GOP the mess it is today. Arizona is in the cross-hairs of outside interests not only for immigration, or its eight congressional seats. Red state voters will need to increase in sophistication in advance of each election cycle. The 2012 cycle is here, and candidates will get away with mouthing the magic words if voters don’t insist they back it up.

  6. Hilarious! The ultimate Tea Party candidate proves right off the bat he’s no more interested in his district than existing establishment is. The best qualified candidate to serve as AZ CD-1 Chief of Staff is an Alaskan?

    We’ve been had…again.

  7. disappointed says

    Gosar did annoucne his Chief of Staff. He’s a dentist from Alaska.

  8. Kinda plays into Democrats’ hands to whinge about Gosar’s DC staffing choices… for a deputy staff position, normally a somewhat obscure, not worth mentioning detail. Meanwhile, McCain’s staffer babe is on network talk shows being catty about Palin this week, in full meow mode, hissing at Palin and … Alaska.

    Speaking of catty:
    “It makes sense, darlings. Gosar was endorsed by Our Sarah. He supports Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigrant law and he’s been inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame. Sounds like Tom’s cup of tea.”

    This beauty-shop, attack-dog in nail polish and rollers quality snark is supposed to pass for “reporting?”

  9. Guess it’s worthless to point out that dentists are entrepreneurs, business owners. Unlike salaried people who have a narrowly defined responsibility set, they have to manage TWO professions, their speciality and their business structure, building, equipment, stock, staffing, payroll, taxes, clients … and maintain a high level of quality in BOTH professions in order to stay in business.

    But to listen to people who have never taken on that personal responsibility and belittle other people who’ve made the investments in years of training and in financing with all the risks and the responsibility, is pathetic.

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