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October 22, 2017

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Ensign loses another staff member

WASHINGTON -Another staff member is leaving Republican Sen. John Ensign’s office, according to a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun.

Sun columnist Jon Ralston is reporting this afternoon that John Min, a regional representative for the senator’s office in Las Vegas, has told friends he is leaving to pursue a doctoral degree.

Last week, Ensign’s office announced that his chief of staff and communications director were stepping down.

Ensign admitted last month to an affair with a former campaign staffer, whose husband was one of the senator’s top aides at the time. Ensign’s attorney later said the senator’s parents paid $96,000 to the woman and her family.

Ensign’s attorney has called the payment a gift, but an ethics group has asked federal authorities for an investigation.

Min handled Bureau of Land Managmenet issues for the senator and is leaving to pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy, Ralston wrote.

According to Ralston, Min gave no indication the senator’s problems caused him to leave, writing in an email: “This is an incredible opportunity that I could not pass up. I am thankful for Senator Ensign’s leadership and vision for the state of Nevada and country.”

Records show that Min had previously worked as a field representative for former Republican Rep. Jon Porter, who was defeated for re-election last fall.

Min came to work for Ensign in January.

The senator’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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