When Steve LaTourette decided that he wasn’t going to be in Congress anymore, he made a big show of hating on the job that the citizens of Ohio handed to him, going on a bunch of major news networks, including hipster staple, CBS Sunday Morning, to discuss how lobbyists, special interests and crazed nut-bags on both sides of the aisle had driven the government straight into the ground. According to LaTourette, Congress, as it exists, is useless, bloated and beholden to the moneyed and the insane andhe would have no part of it, no sir.
Which is funny because, as of yesterday, he’s a lobbyist.
In his first national interview since retiring at the end of the 112th Congress, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) — an outspoken ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a critic of the hardline conservatives driving GOP politics — made light of what’s become of serving in Congress.
“I’ll go back and find something productive to do with my life,” he told The Atlantic. “As opposed to the last 18 years.”
Just three days later he figured it out. And his decision reflects one of Washington’s central and most controversial rites of passage.
But see he’s not a money-grubbing lobbyist. Not one of those bad lobbyists you always hear about in fairy tales holding people’s first born sons hostage to Congressional maids unwilling to vote for an aid package that includes a $2m handout to organic carp farmers in the California backwoods.
It’s a pretty lucky break, too, considering that LaTourette was on the House Ethics Committee when it drafted the rules members are required to follow when they give up their low-paying six-figure public service jobs for powerful lobbying positions, which makes him an ideal employee, since he’ll have not only read the loopholes, he likely will have crafted a few. I mean, I’m sure he’ll abide by the restrictions, but…you know.