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Monday, January 25, 2010

Bad Romance

I hope that OPRI officials get the message that its romance with lobbyist Mark Nelson is not popular with the rank and file. The poll below, at the time of this writing, shows that 156 people of 179 voting, think that OPRI should find a new lobbying firm. While OPRI seems to have taken no "official" stand on Measures 66 and 67, its affiliation with Nelson's group leaves it in the curious position of being "associated" with the NO on 66 and 67 group. If OPRI wants a reason to sever a bad romance, there are quite a few we could list. Just pursue a list of all the lobbying efforts Nelson's PAC Counsel has been associated with - no on tobacco taxes, no on beer/wine taxes, no on any other taxes, against health care reform, and the list goes on and on and on. If I were involved with the administration of OPRI, I would run as fast as I can AWAY from Nelson and his confederates. He's bad news and he's bad company. I'd take out a restraining order to keep him away. OPRI is still seen as an advocate for PERS members and retirees, but this lobbying relationship is straining bonds of credulity.

If you are reading this Kathleen, et al, take a page from AOF's book. Find a new firm and contract out with an unrelated firm to run your office.

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