No Revolving Door Here….technically
“Former majority leader now a lobbyist” blares the ProJo Political Scene headline. Meh says us. What else is new, right?
Little more than a month after leaving the General Assembly, former Senate Majority Leader Daniel Connors is back at the State House as a lobbyist.
Asked what he was doing as he exited the office of one of new Governor Chafee’s staffers earlier this week, lawyer Connors said: “Not lobbying.”
Nope, just getting introduced, it turns out. Not that there’s anything wrong with lobbying the Governor.
The state’s “revolving door” law bars Connors from lobbying his former colleagues in the General Assembly for a year after leaving office, and the company said his employment contract prohibits him from directly or indirectly taking part in the company’s effort to lobby or engage in any business with the General Assembly on behalf of its clients during his first year of his employment.
But no law stops Connors from lobbying the new Chafee administration.
Seems like that’s not quite within the “spirit” of the law, does it? But who’s really surprised.