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McCain Rubbing Lobbiest Buddies the Wrong Way

John McCain’s lobbyist purge has caused some hurt feelings among those people in the lobbying business, especially those who stayed with him at the NoTell Motels in February when we were all discussing a Mitt Romney candidacy. Not only are they angered by the fact that they’ve been thrown under the bus to shore up McCain’s “reformer” cred in the face of a likely Obama campaign, but apparently, they’re very insulted by the notion that they’re all bad guys.

Yeah, you read that right. I mean, I know for sure that not everybody who lobbies the government is a bad guy – I’ve done a bit of lobbying for CMCE, myself – but anyone who identifies themselves a professional lobbyist should probably be prepared for the criticism. This sentence is, for me, the take away sentence gigglefest of the whole article:

Lobbyists: This is our thanks? – Jeanne Cummings – Politico.com

“The McCain folks seem confused. They’ve created an issue for Obama, and it strikes me as mindless politics to start eating your own like this. Not every lobbyist is Jack Abramoff,” said one Republican operative who requested anonymity to speak frankly.

We’re not all bad guys, but just to be safe, put this on deep background, please.

On a more serious note, you do have to wonder how a bus load of lobbyists on the McCain Straight Talk Express could not have been prepared for this eventuality. How could this not have come up in discussion, or did it get followed up by some kind of promise McCain has reneged on?

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.