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Wealthy Risch Has Wealthy Top Aide

Just as Sen. Jim Risch is the easily the wealthiest member of Idaho's congressional delegation, his chief of staff, John Sandy, far outdoes his colleagues. Risch is estimated to be worth $20 million, thanks principally to land holdings in Ada, Canyon, Twin Falls and Valley counties. He's trailed by Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador. The same ranking applies to their chiefs of staff. ... Sandy also owes his wealth to land. His holdings in Stanley, Hagerman and Twin Falls put his assets between $1.2 million and $5.4 million. The law requires disclosure in broad ranges. Next on the list is Simpson's chief of staff, Lindsay Slater, who reported assets between $352,000 and $780,000/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is there any problem with a wealthy congressman having a wealthy chief of staff?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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