Why was a lobbyist for AT&T and Sony Corp involved in vetting new House leadership staffers?

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Lobbyists make the rounds in the House and Senate office buildings and consult with Congresspeople on all sorts of things. But I’ve never heard of one helping out during the staffer interview process. Until now.

Seems a serious lack of judgement at best. This sort of thing is why no one trusts the establishment Republicans anymore. (Or the Dems for that matter.)

(From Politico)

Quinn Gillespie & Associates’ John Feehery sat in on and participated in multiple official interviews with job candidates last month for the new majority whip’s press operation. Scalise has not yet announced who he will name as his communications director.

Sometimes lawmakers rely on lobbyists for strategic advice. But inviting a lobbyist into an interview is highly unusual. Several ethics lawyers and current and former leadership aides said they have never heard of a similar arrangement.

Scalise enjoys closer relationships with lobbyists than many House conservatives — a reality that is sometimes helpful but also adds to his reputation of being closer to the establishment wing of the party than some in the conference had wanted.

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