Rep. John Dingell, incoming chairman of the key House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced that a DaimlerChrysler lobbyist would become the committee's chief of staff in the new Congress.
Dennis Fitzgibbons has been the company's director of public policy since 2000.
Previously he worked for Dingell and the committee. During the 1990s he was known as a behind-the-scenes opponent of tougher clean-air standards (for example, when the Clinton administration set tougher standards for smog and soot).
Dingell has made it clear that he remains concerned about the financial health of the car companies.