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Ayotte aide resigns after arrest in prostitution sting

A senior aide to New Hampshire US Senator Kelly Ayotte resigned his position after he was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute, Ayotte's office announced late Saturday night.

David Wihby, 61, served for the past year as Ayotte's state director, the number two staffer behind her chief of staff. Wihby is also an elected member of the Manchester (N.H.) school board. He is a former longtime Manchester city alderman and the former deputy commissioner and interim commissioner of the state Department of Labor.

Wihby was arrested Friday evening in Nashua on a misdemeanor charge for solicitation of prostitution, Ayotte's office confirmed.

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"I am shocked and deeply saddened that David Wihby, my state director and a friend for many years, has been arrested under these circumstances," Ayotte said in a statement. "David obviously cannot continue his duties, and I have accepted his resignation. This is a very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved."


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