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Outsider Devon Mathis hires lobbyist as new chief of staff

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Outsider Devon Mathis hires lobbyist as new chief of staff

Well, that didn’t take long.

Just 140 days after Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, was sworn into the lower chamber the freshman has a new man quarterbacking his staff.

Mathis’ first chief of staff, Cole Azare, has “mutually parted ways” with his now former boss, The Fresno Bee‘s John Ellis first reported.

Azare served as Mathis’ campaign manager during the elected’s surprise upset victory over Rudy Mendoza to replace term-limited Connie Conway in Assembly District 21.

Now in charge of Mathis’ Capitol operation is Sean Doherty. Doherty was senior partner of Wildhorse Consulting, a political consulting and lobbying shop in Sacramento. According to Ellis’ report, Doherty divested himself of his holdings in Wildhorse and deregistered as a lobbyist.

Mathis’ recruitment took a tad bit of work, however, requiring calls to Doherty’s wife and California GOP chair Jim Brulte to help land the former lobbyist.

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 11.01.05 PMTo say the hiring was unexpected on the party of Doherty is an understatement. One month ago, Doherty had purchased new business cards for Wildhorse Consulting.


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