One Republican insider who monitors the Senate said not to make too much of changes to Johnson’s staff.
The insider said that Wisconsin’s junior Senator hired old hands with Senate experience to help get his office off the ground and to advise the first-time elected official on the intricacies of Congress and legislating. They would likely have moved on in the near future anyway, the source said, adding that it is not uncommon for new Members to replace staff after they’ve determined what area of policy or politics they want to focus on.
“My guess is that some of them are ready to move on and are floating résumés,” the Republican insider said.
Kent praised Duncan’s tenure in a statement.
“Our Legislative Director Robert Duncan left to pursue a great opportunity on the Senate Floor. Robert is a tremendous talent and a good friend. He will be missed. At the same time, we’ve brought on Matt Moon, who will be an asset on policy, legislation, and communications,” Kent said, referring to the new senior adviser. “Senator Johnson has always recognized the critical importance of communicating to the people of Wisconsin and the nation the seriousness of our nation’s fiscal challenges. That remains a top priority.”
Correction: April 3, 2012
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Matt Moon's title. He is senior adviser to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).