Palazzo switches out his chief of staff, but new one is an old hand

Rep. Steven Palazzo
Rep. Steven Palazzo SUN HERALD File

The director of governmental affairs at the Mississippi Development Authority will be the new chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Hunter Lipscomb, who once managed Palazzo campaigns and was Palazzo’s deputy chief of staff and district director for six years, will replace Casey Street, who’s leaving for the private sector.

“Hunter has been a part of my team since the very beginning and has served in a variety of roles both in Mississippi and in Washington,” Palazzo said in a news release. “His experience will be an asset to our state, and I am happy to welcome him back as my top advisor.”

Palazzo’s legislative director Patrick Large will be deputy chief of staff and will serve as interim chief while Lipscomb finishes a temporary military obligation with the Mississippi Air National Guard, Palazzo’s office said.

“Casey has been a tremendous leader of Team Palazzo. I truly appreciate his dedication to the people of South Mississippi and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Brian Rose has announced he’ll run against Palazzo in the June 5 Republican primary next year.

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton