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Fleischmann chief of staff takes unpaid leave of absence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Times Free Press) -- Chip Saltsman, former campaign consultant and current chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, has been on an unpaid leave of absence since June 8.

Saltsman and Fleischmann campaign finance chairman Tom Decosimo confirmed the leave this morning.

Saltsman, who earned $156,000 last year as Fleischmann's top aide, said he's working on the congressman's re-election campaign "on a volunteer basis." He said he would remain on leave until the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary election on Aug. 2.

"We'll make a decision then," Saltsman said.

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