Idaho's Larry Craig excoriated by left-wing Huffington Post for lobbying job

The lead item on the front page much of this afternoon
was a screaming headline, "COAL-HEARTED: Disgraced ex-Senator Larry Craig Resurfaces...To Lobby Against Coal-Mine Safety."

A new top story replaced Craig at about 4 p.m., but the story remains available.

Writes Dave Jamieson: "It's an issue that Craig's new client, Murray Energy, knows all too well. The largest privately held coal company in the nation, Murray Energy owned a subsidiary that ran the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah, the site of a tragic cave-in incident that took the lives of six miners and later three rescuers. The cave-in occurred in August 2007, just weeks after Craig was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport bathroom."

What Huffington Post overlooks is that former members of Congress making money as lobbyists is not earthshaking news. Republican Craig, who served 28 years in Congress, is among four former Idaho members who lobby the federal government.

Craig's expertise includes energy and mining, having served on the relevant committees in both the House and Senate and been a stalwart advocate for both industries.

Craig registered as a lobbyist for Murray Energy in March, two months after the two-year cooling-off period that prohibits lobbying by former senators of members of Congress. Craig's former Chief of Staff Michael Ware is also lobbying for Murray. Craig and Ware operate the Washington, D.C.-based New West Strategies.

Former Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick is also lobbying, having been defeated last year. Minnick, who registered in May, is restricted to lobbying federal agencies and must wait until January 2013 before lobbying lawmakers. (The House has a one-year cooling-off period, a lower threshold than the Senate's).

Minnick's lobbying firm is called The Majority Group. His clients include Agri Beef Co., FCI Lender Services, G2 Energy, the National Potato Council and Property Liquidators.

Two other former Idaho lawmakers, GOP Sen. Steve Symms and Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco also are longtime lobbyists.

For easy access to lobbying registrations, visit the Sunlight Foundation's website.

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What a shock. Mr bold faced

What a shock. Mr bold faced liar is a paid henchman lobbyist. And as if we needed more evidence of how broken our government is, this clown still gets paid and for some reason the leaches in DC listen to him?? Holy cow.

What a Shock?

well.... not everybody can be an Altar Boy like Bill Clinton.

I'm pretty sure you don't know

what was done to him, you only know it's something you can't spell or pronounce so you know it's bad.
and your right, except he should have been Keel-hauled that would have been a more appropriate action.

What a shock!

Eagleman ignores the rest of the article like a good leftist!

What is the sound of this article?

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Don't jump to conclusions,

Maybe he only 'intends' to lobby. We all know how his 'intentions' turn out.

Mr. Toe Tapper is Back

I wonder what kind of "special backroom" deals he is working out.

Lobbyists

Lobbyists serve a legitimate purpose in the legislative process.
So why all the hate?

The hate should be directed solely at the politician who SELL OUT to the lobbyists.

Scary Larry

So scary Larry got some toe tappers to back him,,,,,who cares

Liar

Liar Larry keeps coming back.

You don't want to pay more Unemployment benefits, now do you?

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Leftist? Do I get an AK47?

Leftist? Do I get an AK47? I want one.

Son, if you're a leftist that makes you an AK practice target.

They are impartial as he11.

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Easy there FO

Don't go giving folks ideas about shooting people they don't agree with.

Not at all, Telling the poster AK's are freelance, don't do it.

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What is his stance on

What is his stance on mining. And is it wide?

Larry stands firmly behind his clients.

He knows all the ends and outs of drilling and sinking shafts. And, you can believe this; he knows a coal chute when he sees one.

Ah, gee, Mr. Leno...

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It's All Corrupt

Craig's lobbying is another indicator of how Congress is unethical in a system in which bribery is legal, corruption is normalized, and the revolving door is honored as a right to riches. He is but a gulping guppy in the cesspool.

Are there options? Yes! Term limits; effective lobbying restrictions (make a case, then leave without showering favors); and publicly financed elections which deny the oligarchy's contributions.

Larry's demise is minor damage as forces for reform grow stronger.

Does that make it Antiques Roadshow corrupt?

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Popkey

it sounds like in your writing you are perfectly good with lobbyists and kind of point a finger at the left.....left, right or center lobbyists are the reason this country is in shambles and all the politicians in Idaho and the other 49 states are on the take....its reporters like you that seem to condone the process instead of practicing "real" investigative journalism that allows these shams to continue. Try being a real journalist and bring these guys out in the open and bring down the lobbying process....it has to start somewhere.

Left Wing?

Left leaning, yes, but definitely not left wing. Especially since the Huffington Post/AOL merger, the focus has drifted from politics and has become more of a portal.

Those perverted scalawags! Excoriating against his will!

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Huffington post

And who really gives a Rats A-- what the Huffington post says. The onesided outrage liberals express anymore is meaningless.

She's a rich hottie liberal...at least try to subvert her?

You are not even trying now. Man.

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Craig touts expertise as Mine Shaft Afficianado !

Craig started out at Murray Energy as the head valet in the restroom on the mezzanine; never was a man as dedicated, or perfectly fit, to a job. All night, weekends, days off, covering for the sick in any restroom in the building. Like the proverbial glove, he quickly climbed to the "top". Scobbing the doorknobs of the big boys. He was positively giddy, and minced through the building with his ever present former chief of staff Michael Ware, also known as LittleWideStance. These two have created a dynasty of excellance unequalled in any public restrooms in the world. Craigs lobbying company mission statement says it all. "Any restroom, Any where, any time".......

Sir, is there something the matter with your canary?

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And mining has always been as safe a a jelly sandwich then?

AOL IS BORED!

AOL IS BORED!

NANNER NANNER NA NA

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PS

EXCORIATE!

EXCORIATE!

MARCH! MARCH! MARCH!

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