Skip to comments.Dems Fear DeLay Blacklist For K Street Jobs and DeLay's Sizzling Response to "The Hill" Story
Posted on 11/19/2004 8:28:38 PM PST by gab1279
Scores of soon-to-be-unemployed Democrats fear that their partys electoral defeat could hinder their ability to find work on K Street, a traditional safe haven and source of employment for Capitol Hill staff.
At a time when many Democrats are anxious about their ability to earn a living, some even fear that a conspiracy to blacklist aides to certain Democrats, such as Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), could be afoot.
Daschle, who is reviled by many congressional Republicans for his efforts to stop GOP initiatives and judicial nominees in the Senate, was defeated in this months election by former Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.).
Some Democrats, still singed by Sen. John Kerrys defeat in the presidential election and party losses in the House and Senate, even suggested that House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) might be behind an effort to convince K Street firms to think twice before hiring Daschle staff.
Several Democratic aides said that a midsize Washington lobbying firm, the Alpine Group, declined last week to hire a Daschle staffer with whom the group had been in long-standing discussions about a possible job. They said the Daschle aide, who The Hill agreed not to name, believed he would get the job based on conversations with the firm about three months before the election.
According to one Senate aide familiar with the situation, the firm told the Daschle aide, This is a cold town for Democrats. Its especially cold for Daschles staff. Asked whether DeLay or any of his associates had specifically conveyed a message to the firm, the Senate aide said, The implication was that DeLay had put the word out that Daschle staff should not be hired.
The Daschle aide did not contact The Hill about this story, nor did he return a call seeking comment. Daschles office declined to comment. None of the Democratic sources could name a specific DeLay associate who conveyed the message to the firm.
Nevertheless, anxiety among Capitol Hill Democrats was running so high last week that talk of a DeLay effort against Daschle staff spread to a number of Hill staff and Democratic lobbyists.
Several senior Senate Democratic aides and Democratic lobbyists contacted by The Hill were familiar with the situation involving the Daschle staffer and with talk on K Street that DeLay had discouraged hiring of Daschle aides.
We have heard from two different Republican lobbyists that this is true, said one Senate Democratic aide. The aide cited the K Street Project, an effort to get firms to eschew Democrats and hire Republicans to top posts at major Washington associations, and reported GOP efforts to punish the Motion Picture Association of America for hiring former Clinton administration Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman as its head, saying the efforts had deliberately created a sense of paranoia on K Street against hiring Democrats.
However, some Democratic sources were questioning whether there was any such organized effort.
DeLay spokesman Stuart Roy said, Tom DeLay has been the subject of more urban myths than Karl Rove, Elvis and Mikey from Life cereal combined.
The patently false rumor du jour is that the leader somehow sent the word to K Street not to hire defeated Senator Tom Daschles staff. My request to any journalist who wishes to print such completely untrue gossip is to consider the source and then ask anonymous accusers trafficking in this rumor exactly who on our staff has sent out such a message. We wish all former Daschle staffers full employment. [SNIP]
Democratic job-seekers face an acute problem this year, with numerous Hill staffers who worked for Kerrys campaign now looking for work. Most of Daschles leadership staff also is on the market, with few places to secure a soft landing. New Democratic 527 groups are expected to ramp down now that the election is over. [SNIP]
One of the few people hiring Democrats in town is incoming Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). But Reid plans to bring in his own people, according to aides.
Read more at hillnews.com...
And Tom DeLay's response to "The Hill" about this story...
From House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas):
The Hills Nov. 16 story Dems fear lobbying backlash simply isnt true. Its not a miscommunication, or he said/she said, or open to interpretation. Its a fabrication. You were lied to and used by those very same liars.
The story if I followed it correctly reports on the fear of certain Democrats of a conspiracy that I might be behind to blacklist on K Street soon-to-be-unemployed staffers of defeated Sen. Tom Daschle [D-S.D.].
Not to put too fine a point on it, but are you kidding me?
The Hill didnt get spun on this one; you got played. You were lied to and leapt at the chance to print the lies. The sad thing is that this was not just an example of journalistic integrity breaking down. It was that this particular lie was so juicy, so dishy, that it just deserved to be true.
Ultimately, the truth was nothing more than a distraction that might get in the way of an irresistible rumor.
Is it too much to ask that an allegation with as many possible ramifications as this one have some level of verification? No news organization with serious aspirations should allow itself to be used by transparently self-interested rumor mongers.
Sad isn't it??? This rumormongering, I swear you'd think these mysterious aides were DU'ers.
I mean, this shouldn't have been printed, come on. They'll do anything to defame DeLay, it seems.
Guess they hate him as much we hated Daschle.
There should be a bull market for photoshop jockeys who can prey on the DemocRATS circumstances.
As unfair as this is I rather enjoy the mythical power ascribed to Delay..
And, don't forget Karl Rove.
None of this compares to the Clintons getting the IRS to investigate numerous Republican donors. Or even Hillary getting the Private detective (Pellicano) to investigate some of the women accusing Bill of harassment. Pellicano was also hired by Michael Jackson to pay off the original accusers of child molesting about 10 years ago.
Blacklist all of 'em. These Commie Dems should be forced to go home and live in the messes they helped create.
Who can forget the Brain?...LOL
Well, if it's Hildebrand or Pfieffer, I wouldn't want either one of them in MY office. Yeesh.
i suppose it is a sign of the vitriolic time in our history, but my first thought on looking at the article was that the reporter (Earle)has the same last name as the Dem district attorney in Texas who is always after Republicans and is behind this latest fracas with Delay.
Soooo, one way or the other. What's the big flippin' deal? Some folks are laid off, and others are hired. If y'er ridin' the wrong horse; then you face, and absorb, the consequences of your decisions and responsibilities..
They despise him because he's effective at his job, which is an unforgivable sin in the eyes of a Democrat working on the Hill.
He's not some wimpy, accomodationist drip like Christopher Shays. He's tenacious and unbreakable.
He's a Roman legionnaire
And he's not going to play by their rules.
That's why the Democratic Party loathes him to the very essence of its shallow core.
DeLay knows how to deal with vermin and other pests. He owned a pesticide company before he became a Congressman.
Looks like the dems are just plain scared of their own shadows these days. Talk of sucession, daily visits to the shrink, moving out of the country before they get sent to the concentration camps--it's mass hysteria for a group of people on the edge of sanity in the first place. I like it....;^)
Nutsac down to his ankles.
Gee, a connection to Daschole is a liability? Maybe those staffers ought to see Jerrold Nadler. He's been looking for support staff for at least three months.
They will probably blame Delay for their demise instead of taking a good hard look at Bill and Hillary.
You can almost hear the whining for "affirmative action" from these Dems. Put a cork in it and go learn a trade. You're finished in paid D.C. politics for a while, unless Soros is hiring! You can always Act Up like a hysterical heterophobe or something, on your own nickel of course....
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