LOBBYIST + LAWMAKER = LOVERS
And no, “Republican” control of the U.S. Congress has done absolutely nothing to restore fiscal sanity to our nation’s capital … although that’s not surprising given the GOP’s track record during the first half of the last decade.
One of the poster “Republicans” for excess is Bill Shuster – a liberal “Republican” from Pennsylvania who serves as chairman of the influential U.S. House transportation and infrastructure committee.
Well guess what … according to Politico reporters John Bresnahan, Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, Shuster is “dating a top lobbyist for the leading U.S. airline trade association, an organization that spends millions of dollars trying to influence his panel.”
Shuster and his wife divorced last year. No mention was made of the relationship status of his lover, lobbyist Shelley Rubino.
Shuster claims Rubino “doesn’t lobby (his) office,” but he has accepted more than $20,000 in contributions from her organization – which spent nearly $7 million lobbying members of the U.S. Congress. And his committee is in the process of overhauling the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
U.S. Speaker John Boehner‘s officer refused to comment to Politico … although that’s hardly surprising considering his nocturnal habits.
We tend to eschew reporting on personal relationships … of late, anyway … because we’re libertarians and we believe consenting adults should be able to have sex with whomever they wish (assuming we’re talking about other consenting adults). And we understand how proximity can cause certain relationships to blossom.
Also based on the picture (above) provided to Politico, Shuster and Rubino appear as though they’d be hard-pressed to earn any affection outside of that which they share for each other.
But as much as we’d love to give the “green light” to this ugliest of “ugly-bumping,” there’s a brazen conflict at work here … no matter what steps Shuster and Rubino say they’ve taken to legitimize their relationship. And no matter how many Washington “ethics” officials look the other way.
Of course our guess is hundreds if not thousands of such illicit relationships exist in our nation’s capital … driving public policy to a far greater degree than we will probably ever know.