Minnick Chief of Staff out

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From BW correspondent Scott Weaver:

U.S. Representative Walt Minnick's office confirmed today that Minnick's chief of staff Isaac Squyres has left the position a little more than a month after Idaho's newest congressman was sworn in.

"Isaac is a trusted friend and one of my closest advisors, and proved the right choice for overseeing my transition from candidate to Congressman," Minnick said. "I had hoped to keep him a little longer, but I support him fully and wish him well as he takes advantage of this new opportunity."

A press release from Minnick's office said that Squyres will return to the lobby firm Gallatin Public Affairs where he worked prior to joining Minnick's campaign. Minnick ousted Republican incumbent Bill Sali by a small margin in last November's election and immediately hired Squyres as his chief of staff. Squyres, a Boise native, worked on Minnick's unsuccessful U.S. Senate run against Larry Craig in 1996.

"It's been a tremendous experience being on the inside of setting up a congressional office, helping recruit a fine staff and getting Walt off to a great start," Squyres said in a press release. "It's been fun and a challenge, but over the last couple of months I've also had a chance to reflect on what I really enjoy and I came to understand that I really enjoy work as a strategist who helps find solutions to problems, which is precisely the work that I so enjoyed at Gallatin and why I'm delighted, with a whole bunch of new experiences under my belt, to go back to a job I love. Walt is going to do a fine job representing Idaho and I thank him for the opportunity to help him get launched on that very important work."

Kate Haas, who is based in Minnick's Washington D.C. office, will serve as acting chief of staff, according to Minnick's office. John Foster, Minnick's senior advisor and communications director, will serve as acting district director.

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