Scott Kearin learned Wednesday that he was to be named the top aide of Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah.
But that night, a gang of youths put a damper on his celebration when they attacked him near his home in Alexandria, Va., as he was returning from a grocery store.They broke his jaw, and he said the only reason his doctors decided not to wire it shut was he promised to eat only soft foods such as soup and yogurt for the next several weeks.
"Kids used to play baseball, now they hit you with the bat," he said. Owens is promoting Kearin to replace Scott Groene as his administrative assistant.
Kearin has handled environmental issues for Owens and previously was a "self-employed writer, river guide and lawyer in Salt Lake City." He received his bachelor's and law degrees from Brigham Young University.
Groene said he is seeking other job opportunities in Western land policy and plans to take several weeks off to enjoy the outdoors.