Scalise hires Paul's former press aide

New House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLawmakers warn of 'grave situation' after drone shot down House Democrats close to finalizing border aid bill Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account MORE continued to build out his team of staffers on Tuesday, including hiring Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran Overnight Defense: Latest on Iran after Trump halts planed strike | Dems call Trump's approach 'erratic' | Key Republican urges Trump to retaliate | Esper reportedly getting Defense secretary nomination MORE's former spokeswoman as his new communications director.

Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, named Moira Bagley Smith, as his top press aide in his whip office. Smith joined Paul (R-Ky.) after his election in 2010, and did previous stints with the Republican National Committee and The Daily Caller. The Kentucky native also was a reporter with Roll Call.

"Her expertise as a conservative communicator, coupled with her familiarity with the GOP Conference and Capitol Hill press corps, makes her an excellent addition to the Whip office," Scalise said in a statement. "I’m confident that she will excel even though she went to an SEC school other than LSU," Scalise said of Smith, who graduated from the University of Kentucky.


The Louisiana Republican, who was elected majority whip in June amid the leadership shakeup spurred by Eric Cantor's surprise primary loss, also said he had rehired Dan Sadlosky as a policy adviser.  Sadlosky had worked as a legislative aide for Scalise before moving on to a similar role with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.).

Two others were hired in Scalise's congressional office. 

“All of them bring to the team their unique and varied experiences, dedication to public service, and commitment to representing the values, interests, and people of Southeast Louisiana," Scalise said in a statement. "They will play an integral role as we work to unite the Republican Conference around conservative solutions that move America forward."

Scalise will face reelection as the GOP whip after the November election.