Former Idaho Congressman LaRocco 'blowing the whistle on partisanship' in DC

Democrat Larry LaRocco, who served Idaho's 1st Congressional District from 1991-95, has co-founded mini speakers' bureau called "Voices from the Political Middle" with a former Republican colleague, Scott Klug of Wisconsin.

The pair recently launched their website and will travel to the Czech and Slovak republics in October at the invitation of the State Department, LaRocco said. They will discuss the upcoming U.S. election with trade groups, think tanks, academics, students and reporters.

"We thought an offering of a program from a bi-partisan perspective would be interesting to various groups who have grown weary of straight message delivery and gotcha politics," LaRocco said. "We are both moderates and that's also a rare thing in today's political environment."

LaRocco and Klug were both elected in 1990. Klug served eight years, representing a district that included the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After leaving office, the two have co-chaired projects for the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

LaRocco is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Klug is public affairs director at the Madison-based law firm of Foley & Lardner. LaRocco is also a former stockbroker; Klug was a reporter.

The pair gave their first joint talk in May to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans on reform of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They're slated for post-election appearances at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Ill. and the Family Business Center at the University of Wisconsin, LaRocco said.

Asked how much they're charging, LaRocco said, "We're just getting off the ground so the real answer is 'market price.'"

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Why

Why are the taxpayers sending these two to the Czech and Slovak republics?

Having had his tush handed to him 1-2 times, he's authoritative.

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