Newspaper article Roll Call

Exclusive: Peter Roskam Expands Political Operation | Shop Talk

Newspaper article Roll Call

Exclusive: Peter Roskam Expands Political Operation | Shop Talk

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A top House Republican, Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, will expand his political operation in the coming weeks by dispatching his longtime top aide to the campaign trail.

Steven Moore, Roskam's chief of staff for more than six years, confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he will leave Capitol Hill for a full- time position with the chief deputy whip's political operation. He will focus on helping rank-and-file members -- many of whom are from safe GOP districts -- with fundraising and grass roots, while keeping an early eye on next year's primaries.

"If the big picture question is how can we help strengthen our conference, the answer is by making stronger members," Moore wrote in an email. "The focus of most of the outside help in this town -- from consultants to campaign committees -- has become narrowed to a handful of competitive districts. It's a smart move to set up an [organization] like this to come along side our majority makers and help in a way that matters most to them. …

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