Sen. Alexander Names New Chief Of Staff

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Wednesday named a new chief of staff, on the same day that his previous chief of staff was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. 

In a statement, Alexander said his legislative director David Cleary would replace Ryan Loskarn. Loskarn was arrested by U.S. Postal Inspection Service on Wednesday, and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. 

“The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn’s guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office,” Alexander said in a statement. “Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll.”

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