A top Washington insider was just fired on the spot. Republicans are stunned by this unexpected turn of events, and there still isn’t enough information to explain exactly what happened.
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, was fired by “lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs,” even though Lott was “one of its top lobbyists,” reported Politico.
Details are scarce at the moment. A spokesperson for the powerful lobbying firm simply said a decision had been made “that it is the right time to make a change in the leadership.”
That said, there could be at least one reason according to Lott himself. The former GOP senator alleged that Squire Patton Boggs took “preventative action” when they found out about his next move.
Lott and his longtime business partner, former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA), had been in negotiations to join another lobbying firm — which, in Washington, is just another term for competition.
Far from a controversy, lobbyists change hands frequently due to shifting political needs, priorities, and environments. It sounds like Lott is about to land somewhere else very soon.
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