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Allen West goes for no controversy with new chief of staff



Congressman-elect Allen West, who created a firestorm by picking a conservative radio host as his chief of staff, has gone a safer route this time. The South Florida Republican announced he's hired Capitol Hill veteran Jonathan Blyth as his chief of staff. (his bio below).

West had hired Joyce Kaufman but she backed out amid controversy over her sharp partisan views and lack of Washington experience. Story on that here.

From West's office:

Jonathan Blyth has worked for more than 20 years in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the federal government.  He has served on the congressional staff of several members of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, including serving as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) and Congressman Bill Martini (R-NJ). Blyth was also a presidential appointee for President George W. Bush in two federal agencies. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in Government and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University and a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Blyth is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. He is a resident of Arlington, Virginia and Boca Raton, Florida.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 6:43pm]


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