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Following an nontraditional pick, Allen West goes with a DC insider as new chief of staff

Following the kerfuffle over the hiring -- and departure -- of talk radio show host Joyce Kaufman as his chief of staff, incoming Rep. Allen West has gone with a congressional veteran.

West announced today he's hired Jonathan Blyth, who has worked for more than 20 years in the legislative and executive branches, including serving chief of staff for Republican Reps. Bob Barr of Georgia and Bill Martini of New Jersey. Blyth was also a presidential appointee for President George W. Bush in two federal agencies.

"I understand the challenges that lie ahead for the American people and our country and have gone through great lengths to establish an experienced staff to help me represent the people of the 22nd District of Florida," West said.

Josh Grodin, West's campaign manager, was named deputy chief of staff\legislative director. Grodin has worked for various campaigns and political organizations including Vets for Freedom. Grodin was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2005 where he served as a Legislative Analyst in the Office of Legislative Affairs.  

Other hires after the jump.

Communications Director: Angela Sachitano, who most recently was a reporter for the NBC affiliate in West in West Palm Beach. 

Legislative Correspondent: Taryn Dorfman, who was deputy field director for West's campaign. She previously worked as a traveling educational leadership consultant for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.