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Sunday Column: Louie Lobbyist and Harp Music

Dressed in a three-piece suit, Louie Lobbyist was sipping on a glass of Chablis, leaning against one of the stately columns in the courtyard of the War Memorial Building and listening — seemingly intently — to a legislator’s talented wife strum a harp and produce soothing sounds.
The occasion was a Republican Caucus fundraiser, which started with a reception where a curious reporter could drop by and be tolerated without paying the price of admission, to witness an event where other folks had, collectively, paid $400,000 or so for the privilege of being present. There were maybe 100 or so people milling around at the moment.
“Hey, you (expletive adjective deleted) media moron,” said Louie. “I thought you were too old to go to these rock concerts.”
“Well, yeah, it has been awhile since I infiltrated a lobbyist shakedown,” I replied. “But, hey, this one was in a public place and held early in the evening, so I thought I’d wander by and see how these things go nowadays. Is this typical? It does seem a contrast to watching you cut a rug with (former female legislator’s name withheld) to Jimmy’s Church Street Band playing ‘Soul Man.’ ”

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