K Street Staffs Up for A Democratic Takeover
In anticipation of the possibility that the Democratic party will win back the House of Representatives during the midterm elections this fall, companies and trade group lobbyists have already begun to seek out and hire well-connected congressional staffers to help their clients build or renew their relationships with influential House Democrats. This is similar to when Corporate America scrambled to hire Republican lobbyists after President Donald Trump's election in November 2016 gave the GOP unified control of Washington, D.C.
Holland & Knight Partner and Democratic lobbyist Rich Gold told POLITICO that the firm has also done some preliminary outreach to top Democrats on behalf of its clients. However, he cautioned about the uncertainty of what might happen within the four months between now and midterms.
"People for the most part are focused on the here and now," said Mr. Gold.