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January 29, 2015

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Ensign loses another senior aide

Sen. John Ensign lost his second senior aide in as many days, as Tory Mazzola, Ensign's communications director, is moving over to the National Republican Congressional Committee. The moves were first reported by Sun columnist Jon Ralston.

Ensign is enduring political difficulties, following revelations that he had an affair with Cynthia Hampton, a woman on his campaign staff, whose husband Doug Hampton was also former senior aide.

Also, the senator acknowledged that his parents, who are very wealthy after selling shares in casino companies, had paid the Hamptons nearly $100,000 in gifts.

John Lopez, Ensign's chief of staff and a longtime loyal lieutenant, is also leaving.

The exodus is fueling speculation about turmoil in the office, and the possibility of more damaging revelations to come.

Ensign announced former staffers will return to replace the outgoing staffers. Aaron Cohen, a former health care adviser, is the new chief of staff. Rebecca Fisher, a former communications director for Ensign, takes over for Mazzola.

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