Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN

Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN
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C-SPAN's longtime political editor Steve Scully is leaving the outlet. 

Scully will leave C-SPAN and join the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior vice president for communications, the center announced on Tuesday. 

Scully has been with C-SPAN for more than 30 years, covering six presidential administrations and dozens of sessions of Congress. His reporting, producing and broadcasting work has appeared across each one of C-SPAN's platforms, including its flagship political program "Washington Journal."

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He was also briefly president of the White House Correspondents' Association from 2006 to 2007, Axios reported

Scully was suspended from C-SPAN last year after sending tweets revealing he was seeking advice on how to handle attacks from then-President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE from White House aide-turned-Trump critic Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE.

Trump had ripped into Scully, calling him a "never Trumper." 

Scully initially said his account had been hacked but later admitted that was a lie. He was slated to moderate the second debate between Trump and then-candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE before it was canceled because Trump declined to hold the debate virtually after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a mission statement, the Bipartisan Policy Center says it "focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth and opportunities, and create better health outcomes for all Americans." 

The center formally announced Scully's hiring on Tuesday afternoon after it was first reported by Axios earlier in the day.

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“In today’s cacophonous—and often caustic—media environment, it takes unique insight, relationships, and creativity to promote constructive conversation. There is simply no one better than Steve Scully to ensure that the Bipartisan Policy Center remains at the forefront of the national policy debate,” said Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) President Jason Grumet.

Scully, as part of the announcement, said his three decades at C-SPAN gave him "a front row seat to history."

"I am excited about my next chapter at the Bipartisan Policy Center to help shape that story as well," he said. "If ever there was a time where all sides need to reach across the aisle, it is now! I am honored that BPC will allow me to play a part in this important civic process."

Updated 4:03 p.m.