I can’t believe the gaul behind this guy. All that time he spent talking about lobbyists being bad and then he has the stones to name a lobbyists as his NATIONAL chairman
Obama’s campaign proudly announced today the endorsement of former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges who will join his campaign as a national co-chair. But the endorsement of Hodges may raise eyebrows among those who support Obama because he strongly decries lobbyists on the stump, frequently saying that he will not let them work in his White House or set the agenda in Washington.
Hodges is the founder of Hodges Consulting Group, a state-based lobbying firm he started in 2003. The firm is a subsidiary of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P, a law firm that represents clients in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Earlier this week, after Edwards vowed that no lobbyists would work in his administration, he was criticized because a key supporter and fundraiser was a state lobbyist. The Obama campaign wrote this Tuesday in an e-mail to reporters on Edwards’ plan: “Early in this campaign, Barack Obama introduced the furthest-reaching lobbying reform proposal of any candidate in this race, and we appreciate that John Edwards is now following his lead. The truth is, in his six years as a U.S. Senator, John Edwards did not propose or accomplish a single thing to reduce the power of lobbyists while Barack Obama passed the most sweeping lobbying reform since Watergate.”
Hodges Consulting describes itself on its Web site as “well positioned to offer highly effective lobbying services and unparalleled state budget expertise. Hodges Consulting Group can also provide federal representation to clients.”
Also they double checked and Hodges is a FEDERAL lobbyists
NBC’s Domenico Montanaro adds that Hodges is, in fact, a registered federal lobbyist, a search of the Senate Office of Public Records Lobbying Disclosure Act Database shows. He registered as such on June 1, 2007.
So Obama bashes unions at the same time he begins to cozy up to lobbyists? Yes, I’m sure this is a coincidence.
For those following along:
Obama calls out 527’s but then hires a person who ran a 527 to be his spokesman
Obama decries negative attacks but then hires someone who ran the most viscious dem on dem attack ad ever
Obama says he’ll clean up washington and end lobbyists support and then makes a lobbyists his co-National chairman
Isn’t this kind of disturbing to Obama supporters?