The Huntsville Times account of last night's Huntsville City Council meeting mainly discusses Occupy Huntsville. Activists thanked the city and police for working with them respectfully and treating them fairly. Then, this interesting tidbit is tossed in at the end of the article:
In other action Thursday, the council:
• Approved a contract with lobbyist Steve Raby of Direct Communications. Raby, a former congressional candidate, will be paid $75,000 next year to help Huntsville protect existing Department of Defense and NASA jobs and seek opportunities for federal employment growth.
Excuse me, but isn't this the job that now-Congressman Mo Brooks promised voters he could do if elected?
Now, we know he's busy, what with defending millionaires, insulting fellow Congresscritters on the floor of the House, and questioning the value of psychiatry, but is there any activity more important to the economic health of his district than keeping the federal money spigot flowing?
I'll give Rep. Brooks credit for recognizing his own limitations on this issue. In September, he announced that he'd be asking senior members of Alabama's delegation for advice on protecting NASA, etc. Unfortunately he did so in a typical Mo Brooks bomb-throwing way:
"I would like their insight on the best path to take when you've got as NASA's foe an imperial presidency," Brooks said Wednesday in a telephone interview.
Now that's the way to sweet talk some cash out of the government! Not.
If only there were a way to deduct the $75k that's going to Raby from Rep. Brooks' pay. As it is, looks like Huntsville residents will be paying twice for the same service.