Ensign Losing Two More Key Staffers

Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:34pm

Embattled Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is losing more staff following his admission earlier this year that he had an affair with a former staffer.

Jason Mulvihill and Brooke Allmon are the latest Ensign aides set to leave.

Mulvihill, Ensign’s legislative director, is leaving to “pursue a career in the private sector,— according to Ensign spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher.

Allmon, deputy chief of staff to Ensign, is relocating to Omaha, Neb., to join her fiancé, Fisher said.

“Both staffers are loyal public servants, and Sen. Ensign wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors,— Fisher said.

The most recent departures come after Ensign’s longtime Chief of Staff John Lopez and his Communications Director Tory Mazzola departed. Lopez joined the Nevada-based lobby shop R&R Partners earlier this month. Mazzola joined the National Republican Congressional Committee in July.

It’s unclear whether further departures are coming.

Ensign did get one boost to his staff. Pam Thiessen, who worked for him at the Republican Policy Committee before Ensign had to give up that post, is returning to his personal office as legislative director.

“I think everyone has a different circumstance for leaving,— said a source familiar with the departures. “I can just say, he’s losing a lot of talented people regardless of this whole mess he’s in.—