GOP staffers seek to cash in as odds grow of Senate takeover


One of the points we try to make here at ACC is that it’s not that “bad” people are in government and that what we need are “good” people to come in and take the reins. It is of course a very good thing when we are lucky enough to have honest people representing us in Washington, and it does happen, but generally it is the system that is the problem. It is too large. It runs too much of our lives. There is too much power vested in Washington. This power attracts the power hungry like moths to a bug zapper and often corrupts the decent people who find themselves in DC.

It’s not that the Dems should be in control, or that the GOP should be in control. It’s that citizens should be in control of their own lives. For this to happen the massive government apparatus must be reduced in size.

(From The Hill)

With GOP odds of a takeover growing, high-ranking aides are checking in on their value “downtown” at law and lobby firms, where they could command salary offers of up to $500,000 per year.

“My phone is ringing, and my inbox is active,” said Rob Smith, the co-chair of Venable’s legislative practice group. “Not just staffers but soon-to-be former members, too.”…

…Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who now controls the entire public policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs, expressed confidence that he and his lobbying partner, former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), are well positioned if the Senate flips.

“We feel pretty good about our relationships on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol, but we are looking to strengthen our hands with House Republicans,” Lott said, adding that Republicans specializing in healthcare are particularly prized.

“And the beat goes on.”

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