Walker’s D.C. staffers get the ax

The state’s top lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and two of his aides are being fired.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported Tuesday that Kip Knudson, director of state and federal relations for the governor’s office, has 30 days to find a new job.

Knudson’s associate directors, Nathan Butzlaff and Thomas Crafford, are also seeking new jobs. A research analyst will be kept on staff.

Knudson was appointed to the lobbying job in 2011 by Gov. Sean Parnell and is the best-paid member of the governor’s staff, earning $207,000 salary per year.

Knudson’s replacement is expected to be named this week.

The chief lobbyist’s job is to represent the state’s interest in the House and Senate as well as with federal agencies.

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