Politico: Lobbyist offered key House staff post

Written by admin on December 11th, 2010

Politico reports on rumors that a key post on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be filled by a long term industry lobbyist.


Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has picked a prominent conservative columnist, industry lobbyist and former White House aide to serve as staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill.

Gary Andres has been offered the coveted staff job atop one of the most powerful panels in Congress and is poised to play a critical behind-the-scenes role in efforts to repeal the health care law and pursue the Obama administration’s environment and energy policies.

Andres is currently vice chairman of research at the Washington lobbying shop of Dutko Worldwide. He is also a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard and has penned recent columns on repealing the health care law and how the new House GOP majority won’t make much of a difference in Obama’s reelection chances.

Upton aides declined comment on the hiring, saying only that there were lots of rumors floating around Washington about the job. The Michigan Republican said Thursday that he planned to start announcing his decisions soon on staffing, subcommittee chairmen and other jurisdiction issues.


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