NH JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE – New Hampshire Senator-Elect Kelly Ayotte has selected her Chief of Staff, an inside source exclusively tells NH Journal. For her top staff spot, Ayotte has tapped Oregonian John Easton, former COS to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR). Easton managed Smith’s successful 2002 reelection campaign, and served for seven years as Smith’s Chief. Prior to his work for Smith, Easton served as Political Director for the American Medical Association and occupied a senior staff position for Iowa Congressman Greg Ganske. He is currently with DC-based bipartisan public affairs firm VH Strategies.