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The revolving door keeps revolving

Lost thus far this morning in all the kind tweets and other complimentary statements about former North Carolina House Speaker Harold Brubaker in response to his announcement that he is resigning from the General Assembly after 35 years in Raleigh, is this very depressing and yet predictable part of the story. It’s the last paragraph in AP reporter Gary Robertson’s story:

“Brubaker said in a statement he would expand his business to include consulting and lobbying work, with help from his son. State law would permit Brubaker to register as a lobbyist early next year as the next two-year General Assembly session begins in January.”

In other words, at a time in which Republican lobbyists have never been more influential in Raleigh, Brubaker is cashing in while the cash is good. It won’t be long until the state’s largest corporations are beating a path to his door.

The bottom line: Brubaker may be a pleasant-enough guy, but the next time some conservative friend rails to you about career politicians and good ol’ boys, you might want to remind them of how one of the state’s longest-serving and most prominent conservative elected officials has become the latest poster child for the system they decry.    

 

3 Comments

  1. david esmay

    July 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

    All state legislators and U.S. congressmen should be banned from any lobbying, we should also eliminate their tax subsidized health care and pensions. They can pay for their own benefits just like the rest of us. Also we need to take their ability to control their pay scale and the limits of their terms and give that control to American citizens. People like Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell do not deserve to ride around in taxpayer funded limos, nor have the benefit of health care above the level of normal citizens.

  2. sundance kidd

    July 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    He is a long-time member and a chairman of ALEC, guess what “model” corporate legislation” he will push first.

  3. david esmay

    July 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Which means he’s another in a long line of conservative tools, emphasis on tool.