Rep. Jim Jordan (R), head of the Republican Study Committee.
Members of the Republican Study Committee, the ideologically conservative faction of the House GOP Conference, has been lukewarm in supporting House Speaker Boehner's debt limit plan. The head of the RSC, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), came out strongly against the plan earlier this week.
But this morning, at the GOP conference meeting, it came to light that an RSC staffer -- Paul Teller -- reached out to outside conservative groups, telling them to target RSC members who were on the fence about the Boehner plan and to persuade them to vote no.
Needless to say, this angered many RSC members, and some have even said they may want to leave the group.
As Politico reports:
Infuriated by the e-mails from Paul Teller, the executive director of the RSC, members started chanting “Fire him, fire him!” while Teller stood silently at a closed-door meetings of House Republicans.
“It was an unbelievable moment,” said one GOP insider. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The Republican Study Committee released this statement:
"Earlier this week, an RSC staffer sent an inappropriate email to outside groups that identified members of Congress he believed were undecided on the debt reduction proposal offered by the speaker. This action was clearly inappropriate and was not authorized by the Chairman or any other members of the staff. This has never been - and never will be - the way we do business at the RSC. We apologize to everyone affected, and we have already taken steps to ensure that it never happens again - either by this staffer or any other RSC staffer."
The Atlantic's Josh Green explains that this backlash at Teller is a clear sign that Boehner's debt plan will probably pass the House.
*** CLARIFICATION *** A spokesman for the Republican Study Group tells NBC News that Teller was not the RSC staffer who sent the email targeting RSC members who were on the fence.