In a 2009 interview with the Village Voice, Puig said President Obama was advancing his health-care plan just as Hugo Chavez had taken over Venezuela, by "infiltration of the education system, political correctness, class warfare ideology, voter fraud, brainwashing through the mainstream media."
In YouTube videos, Facebook posts and Tweets, Puig has variously compared Obama to Hitler, a Communist, a Marxist, a socialist.
House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin described a good legislative liaison is the "eyes and ears" of the governor in the legislature and someone who helps draft legislation. Among the hot button issues the Revenue Department will be involved with in the months ahead are pension reform, the state lottery contract and the transportation funding bill.
Puig may not find a warm welcome mat in some corners of the legislature - and not just in the Democratifc caucus.
Puig formerly served as state director of Freedomworks, the Washington-based conservative advocacy group founded by former U.S. House Majority leader Dick Armey. In that role Puig was a fixture in the Capitol after Corbett took office in 2011, leading the unsuccessful effort to bring school vouchers to Pennsylvania.
That battle was marked by an unusually bitter single-issue campaign by Freedomworks and its allies to force some GOP lawmakers to sign on to the voucher bill that included mounting primary challenges against incumbent lawmakers.
Among the targets was Sen. Pat Vance a Republican from Cumberland County, who called the Freedomworks tactics "bullying." Vance withstood a primary challenge in 2012 largely funded by the pro-voucher group Students First.
Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) said he has met Puig once or twice and found her to be "intelligent and focused on her objectives."
"She did not have a great deal of experience in state government but she seemed to be a quick study," said Pileggi. "I don't know what the job selection process was, she certainly has the ability, but I don't see any room in that position to carry a particular ideology."