Doug Stafford

Chief of Staff, Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.)

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Why He Matters

Stafford's job is a high-profile test case for the fortunes of the tea party in Washington.

A minor media kerfuffle erupted when Kentucky tea-party darling Rand Paul, who had railed against the influence of lobbyists during his 2010 Senate campaign to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), hired Stafford, a former lobbyist, as his Senate chief of staff.

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