Upon her losing her Senate seat in last fall’s failed re-election bid, most folks thought it was just a matter of time before Mary Landrieu would take a job with the DC lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs, that her mentor John Breaux has been a partner in essentially since leaving the body.
But Landrieu isn’t going to work at Squire Patton Boggs, believe it or not.
Don’t be too surprised, though – she’s still cashing in from a DC lobbying firm, just a different one.
Landrieu said she will join Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy advisor, working closely with another recent hire, former Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the former top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.
Former senators are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for two years after the end of their congressional careers. For Landrieu, that means she can’t lobby colleagues until January, 2017. But she can lobby members of the executive branch, and is free to provide Van Ness Feldman clients with strategic advice.
It’s almost like the retired or fired football and basketball coaches who get jobs in broadcasting for ESPN and CBS Sports, except the ex-coach broadcasters don’t actually cost the viewers anything. You can bet in future years we’ll hear Mary Landrieu’s name come up when it comes to someone noxious attempting to pass noxious legislation in Congress.
We’ll have to wait until January 2017 before we officially hear about it, though. Anything prior to that would be illegal.