Heard on the Hill

DC’s ‘acting’ bug spreads to the Hill

House Freedom Caucus is getting in on the act

House Freedom Caucus members, from left, Reps. Mark Meadows, Thomas Massie, and Jim Jordan have a new acting communications director. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Freedom Caucus now has an acting communications director as the outgoing flack takes a new position with Vice President Mike Pence.

The position adds to the long list of “actings” in President Donald Trump’s D.C. If you’re keeping count there’s an acting White House chief of staff, secretary of Homeland Security, secretary of Defense, secretary of the Navy, as well as the heads of the Small Business Association and the Office of Management and Budget.

Ben Williamson, who has spent the last three years on the press team of HFC Chairman Mark Meadows, will expand his role to the entire Freedom Caucus and maintain his position as Meadows’ communications director, replacing Darin Miller.

Obviously, Freedom Caucus positions don’t require Senate confirmation so the “acting” position is likely temporary.

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