Lobbyists struggle with Trump reality

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Like we said earlier today Washington is going a little bit nuts. (It’s completely nuts already, but nuts in a more clinical way.) Trump is forcing some Republicans to find religion. Other Republicans are girding themselves for the Cleveland convention which might get bloody. Hilary looks more than vulnerable which is weirding the Dem establishment. Sanders is out today talking about how the official Fed unemployment numbers are baloney even while Obama is trying to tell everyone that the economy is great.

Meanwhile on K Street there is a major shift potentially. The lines seem to be moving and will move if there is a Trump presidency. There will be opportunities and there will be lost opportunities. Will Trump be co-opted by the lobbyists? (Is he really in with them anyway?) Will Trump be friendlier to K Street than he says he will be?

(From The Hill)

“A lot of people woke up [on Wednesday] and went, ‘Oh, gosh, this is not a dream,’ ” said Jeff MacKinnon, a principal at Farragut Partners. “I don’t think downtown was really prepared for it happening so quickly. It did catch people off guard.”

“It’s not the end of the world. In Washington, for every action, there’s an overreaction,” MacKinnon added. “You can’t just ignore it. Politics is a moment in time. This is the job we chose, and this is the moment we’re in.”

Much of the downtown Republican crowd — lobbyists, consultants and PR operatives — built their careers working for establishment politicians like former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and President George W. Bush.

For many, the shock of Trump’s victory in the Republican race, which included beating out 16 other more politically experienced candidates, has not worn off.

“As a Republican, I’m depressed,” said Tom Korologos, a strategic adviser for DLA Piper and alum of several presidential administrations who supported Jeb Bush and then John Kasich during the race.

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