Incoming Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley waited a whole hour or so this afternoon after winning the job before he fired his one-time close aide Barnett Lotstein.
Lotstein, most recently a top spokesperson and special assistant to departed County Attorney Andrew Thomas, was escorted from his eighth-floor office in downtown Phoenix about an hour ago, according to eyewitnesses who just contacted us.
The eyewitnesses said the relentlessly spinning mouthpiece (for Romley and then Thomas) looked "dejected."
As a special assistant, Lotstein was subject to termination without cause.
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