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Mel Martinez: Quitter, Lobbyist



Daniel Ruth: The reality is despite the two-year ban, Martinez most certainly is joining DLA Piper not because of his keen, Matlockesque legal acumen, but as a de facto lobbyist. Or put another way, his all too brief time in the U.S. Senate was little more than a four-year, taxpayer-funded master class on how to succeed at influence peddling.

This much is pretty certain. One area Martinez, who beat a hastier retreat from his public vows than Britney Spears from Kevin Federline, won't be consulting clients on is contract law — you know, irritating legal concepts such as when someone hires you for a job for a specific period of time, you are expected to honor your word even if a better deal comes along.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:19pm]


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