The chief lobbyist of the National Association of Home Builders has been dismissed, reportedly over turf battles arising from his role in a campaign to save the mortgage interest deduction.

Robert Bannister, senior vice president for governmental affairs and an 18-year veteran of the trade group, confirmed Friday that the home builders had exercised an option to terminate his contract without cause. He declined to discuss the matter further, saying he had agreed with the trade group to make no comment.

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