01/26/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Freshmen Hiring Insiders To Lead Staff

Rep. Allen West drew a ton of attention -- I think he's the most-analyzed freshman of the transition -- after briefly selecting radio host Joyce Kaufman as his chief of staff. But West's slip-up over the hiring of a controversial outsider seems to be a one-off. Other Republicans newly elected to Congress seem to be tapping DC insiders, some of them with lobbying experience. For example, here are the chiefs of staff to six new members.

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