Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Former Inhofe attack dog becomes Boehner attack dog?

Politico is reporting that House Speaker John Boehner "has poached" top Inhofe energy aide Mike Catanzaro "to advise him on energy issues.

The news recalls an earlier blog posting we did on Catanzaro and other Bush administration appointees:

http://blogforcleanair.blogspot.com/2006/08/news-notes-wh-names-regulatory-czarina.html

At the very least, we don't expect Boehner's rhetoric on energy to go flaccid.

Here is from Politico Morning Energy, with a link to the by-subscription-only Politico Pro story:

MAKING MOVES - John Boehner has poached top Inhofe energy aide Mike Catanzaro to advise him on energy issues, and industry lobbyists say the speaker has snagged a power player. Scott Segal, an energy lobbyist at Bracewell & Giuliani, called Catanzaro "nimble" and "intellectually curious" and said he'll bring "tremendous firepower" to Boehner's office.

Catanzaro replaces Jay Cranford, who announced last month he was headed to K Street firm Clark, Lytle & Geduldig. Mike McKenna, a GOP strategist, told POLITICO that while he doesn't expect Catanzaro to depart from Cranford's policy course, Catanzaro might be more vocal than his predecessor. Bravender has more on Boehner's big hire: http://politico.pro/jzusDT

NOT FANS - Don't expect greens to share the industry enthusiasm. When Catanzaro took a job at EPA in 2006, Clean Air Watch President Frank O'Donnell wrote a blog post calling Catanzaro a "former Inhofe attack dog" who was "being used as a conduit by the mining industry in its efforts to evade clean air restrictions."

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