John Maniscalco, most recently a senior legislative assistant to Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), has left the congressman's office to be director of congressional affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute. The move is not a huge leap: his old boss is a signator of the Liberty Compact by the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Maniscalco began his political career working in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel during the George W. Bush administration. He left Pennsylvania Avenue in 2007 for Blank Rome Government Relations, lobbying there for 4 years.
Maniscalco returned to politics in 2011 when he began working in Garrett's office as a legislative assistant. He covered a wide variety of issue areas while working for the congressman, including energy, education and civil rights.