posted on January 20, 2011 10:40
Republicans who denounced corruption and pay-for-play in Raleigh are now racing to the trough.
Like locusts, newly minted lobbyists and would-be influence-peddlers are descending on Raleigh. They brag of their access to the new legislative leaders, and they promise to deliver anything and everything to their clients.
How many of them will still be standing once this session ends?
I’ve never lobbied. But I know lobbyists, and I’ve worked with a lot of them.
The good ones work hard. They’ve spent years learning how the legislature works. They’ve built relationships – on both sides of the aisle – based on respect. Democrat or Republican, they will survive this wave, too.
A few of the newbies will learn to swim – and stay in the pool. A lot of them will find out it’s tougher than they think, or they’ll fail to deliver on their promises, and they’ll be out of the business by next year. A few of them may get enmeshed in scandal.
This, too, shall pass.