Twenty-five years on Capitol Hill bought John Boehner a lot of friendships.
OK, perhaps “bought” isn’t entirely appropriate, but he did acquire a lot of contacts.
So, the question of the day is this: Will the soon-to-be former House speaker join the corps of high-dollar lobbyists?
Gee. Do you think?
Boehner announced this week he’s resigning from Congress. He’s giving up his power House speakership because, word has it, he was tired of fighting with the TEA Party wing of his Republican Party.
The House of Representatives requires a one-year cooling off period before former members can actually lobby. But let’s face it: Boehner’s connections will enable him to line up any opportunity he chooses to pursue once the year is up.
Observers note that Boehner is a savvy politician who has made many friends in and out of government.
USA Today reports: “He’ll get seven figures on the street,” said Tom Davis, a fellow Republican and former Virginia congressman who now lobbies for the financial-consulting giant Deloitte. “He’s got a lot of friends and allies in Congress. But it’s not necessarily his Rolodex that’s valuable. It’s just that he knows Congress inside and out.”
I guess it’s safe to say that Boehner will console his loss of political power with an abundance of cash he’ll earn once he signs on to represent well-heeled interests looking for any advantage they can get on Capitol Hill.
John Boehner is a cinch to find it for them.