Saturday, January 1, 2011
Incoming Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) successfully ousted Russ Feingold this year, attacking Feingold's "controversial" ties to Washington lobbyists and touting his own ability to create more jobs. So when Johnson turned his alleged job creation skills to providing a plum staff position for a Washington lobbyist, Wisconsinites cried foul.
Now Johnson is explaining his choice to bring seasoned lobbyist Don Kent on board as chief of staff.
"I hired him for his organizational skills, for his ability to identify people of intelligence and integrity to staff my Senate office, and so far he is doing a phenomenal job," Johnson told the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Washington Post also reports that a large number of congressional newcomers have wasted no time in taking part in the glad-handing Washington culture they demonized during their campaigns.