Ensign Communications Director Quits, Following Chief Of Staff

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July 24, 2009 8:01 a.m.

A second senior staffer for Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) has resigned, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Ensign’s office announced yesterday the departure of his communications director, Tony Mazzola.

The press release also announced the departure of chief of staff John Lopez, which we first heard about yesterday. He’ll be replaced by Aaron Cohen, a health policy lobbyist with Kimbell & Associates and former Ensign staffer. Lopez will stay on through August as he “weighs options in the public sector,” according to the release.

Mazzola will be replaced by Rebecca Fisher, who was Ensign’s communications director at the Republican Policy Committee. Mazzola is leaving to be Northeast region press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s from New England, the release said, and wants to return as he and his wife expect their first child.

Ensign’s office also announced the return of Pam Thiessen, the senator’s former policy director who left in January to work for the Republican Policy Committee. She will be returning as a senior policy adviser.

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