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Rep.-Elect Quayle Hires Former Mark Souder Staffer

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Rep.-elect Ben Quayle’s chief of staff, Renee Hudson, has emerged unscathed from the career-ending scandal of her old boss, former Rep. Mark Souder.

Rep. Eric Massa resigned this spring over allegations that he had sexually harassed his male staffers. The New York Democrat’s former chief of staff, Joe Racalto, has not been rehired on the Hill, perhaps because he filed a complaint against Massa’s office in March. The status of that case remains unknown. Attorney Camilla McKinney of the Washington, D.C.-based firm McKinney & Associates confirmed earlier this month that she continues to represent Racalto.

Two former chiefs of staff for disgraced Members now work on K Street. Elizabeth Nicolson worked for Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who quit in 2006 after it was alleged he sent sexually explicit messages to an underage male page. Harmony Allen was chief of staff for Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.), who resigned in 2005 after admitting to taking bribes.

After Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2008 following his indictment on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and insurance fraud, his chief of staff, Patty Roe, joined a political consulting firm. Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) pulled a similar move in 2006 after being implicated in the Jack Abramoff scandal. His chief of staff, David Popp, now handles communications for Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio).

Ex-Sen. Larry Craig’s former chief of staff followed his boss off the Hill: Michael Ware works for the Idaho Republican’s consulting firm, New West Strategies. Ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was sentenced in 2009 to 13 years in prison for taking bribes. His former chief of staff, Eugene Green, ran unsuccessfully this year in the Democratic primary to replace him.

Jennifer Yachnin contributed to this report.

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