Utah House Speaker Greg Curtis hired Chris Bleak as Chief of Staff. Many people have criticized this move both for the expense and for hiring a Republican operative. I'd like to come to the defense of fellow West High Panther Chris Bleak. First, let Speaker Curtis hire a Chief of Staff. He probably really needs one and for the Speaker of the House to have a Chief of Staff is a good long term move. In other words, House Speakers from now on should make use of this position. Second, criticisms of Speaker Curtis hiring a Republican are silly. It's not like he's hiring a receptionist. Chief of Staff sits in on meetings and is a really hands on position. For a Republican Speaker, a Republican Chief of Staff is the only rational move.