K Street Betting on Democrats

From Holden:

We’re suddenly the shit.

Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in the November elections.

In what lobbyists are calling a harbinger of possible upheaval on Capitol Hill, many who make a living influencing government have gone from mostly shunning Democrats to aggressively recruiting them as lobbyists over the


In June, one of Washington’s largest lobbying law firms, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP, transferred the chairmanship of its government affairs practice from a Republican, Thomas F. O’Neil III, to a prominent Democrat, James J. Blanchard, a former governor and congressman from Michigan.

“Being a Democrat didn’t hurt me, that’s for sure,” Blanchard said. “This is going to be a big Democratic year.”

At Patton Boggs LLP, another lobbying powerhouse, the calculation is similar. “Democrats’ stock has clearly risen in the interviewing process this year as the chances for a Democratic takeover [of the House] have increased,” said John F. Jonas, the head of Patton Boggs’s health practice. “Serious hiring” of Democrats, he added, has become “a high priority here at Patton Boggs.”

“Earlier this year, the propensity was to look mostly at Republicans” as candidates for lobbying jobs, said W. Michael House, director of the legislative group at the law firm Hogan & Hartson. “Now, we’re looking at both Republicans and Democrats closely.”


Even some all-Republican lobbying firms are starting to hire Democrats this year. The Federalist Group has added three Democrats to its once-all-GOP roster, including former representative Chris John (D-La.). And Tarplin, Downs & Young LLC, an all-Republican, all-female health lobbying company, is actively looking for a Democratic lobbyist. Both firms said the election outlook had nothing to do with their decision to bring in Democrats.

And have you read your Broder this morning?

For the GOP, a Heartland Plunge