Donald Trump hires Rep. Sean Duffy’s chief of staff in Wisconsin

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MADISON — Donald Trump has hired the chief of staff of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy to run his campaign operation in Wisconsin.

Trump’s campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that Pete Meachum has been hired to start immediately as state director in Wisconsin. It is the second Trump hire in the state in recent week as he bolsters operations as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Meachum joins Vince Trovato, who had worked for Trump in Wisconsin’s primary, as his two paid staff members in the state. Trump’s campaign says Trovato will focus his work on the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Meachum has been Duffy’s chief of staff since 2013. Duffy’s northern Wisconsin congressional district is one of two that Trump won in Wisconsin’s April primary.