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Sessions, Boehner Make Mark On NRCC

 The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced its two top officials for the upcoming cycle, and both Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) have put their mark solidly on the committee via these hirings.

Boehner fought for months with former NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) over tactics and strategy for the 2007-08 cycle, at one point pushing to have Cole's top two aides at the committee fired. Cole refused to do so and threatened to resign, forcing Boehner to back off. After the election, Boehner backed Sessions' successful challenge of Cole, forcing the Oklahoma Republican to give up his bid for a second term at the campaign committee.

Now Boehner is moving to install Johnny DeStefano, his political director, as deputy executive director of the NRCC. DeStafano ran retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce's 2006 re-election campaign before moving over to Boehner's office.

Guy Harrison, Sessions' longtime chief of staff, will serve as NRCC executive director.

"I'm pleased and honored to have Guy and Johnny in place as we move forward in our efforts to recapture the majority," said Sessions in a statement. "Guy and Johnny both bring the kind of battle-tested experience to the table that the NRCC needs in what is sure to be a rigorous and successful upcoming campaign cycle."

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