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Pence hires Freedom Caucus adviser for press secretary

Pence hires Freedom Caucus adviser for press secretary
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence is hiring a top adviser to the House Freedom Caucus as his new press secretary, establishing a key bridge to the conservative group’s members.

Alyssa Farah will replace departing Pence spokesman Marc Lotter, who is leaving the Trump administration at the end of the month, Politico first reported on Monday.

"Honored to join the [vice president]'s team with [Christina Mandreucci]. [Nick Ayers] has assembled an incredible team and & I'm thrilled to join," Farah tweeted later on Monday.

"So excited to get to work for the VP to promote POTUS' agenda!" she also tweeted.

Farah has served as spokeswoman and senior adviser for the group of roughly 40 conservative hard-liners since March 2016. Before that, she was the communications director for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the current Freedom Caucus chairman.

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The Freedom Caucus has frequently clashed with House GOP leaders since its inception in 2015. The Trump administration struggled to convince its members to get on board with the initial plan to partially repeal and replace ObamaCare this spring.

Farah’s hiring comes amid other recent staff changes in Pence’s office, including the installation of Nick Ayers as chief of staff over the summer.