In his 24-year career in Congress, Kit Bond helped Kansas City time and again. Now as Kansas Citys new federal lobbyist, its Mayor Sly James hope that the retired U.S. senator still has the pull to steer federal money toward projects like the downtown streetcar.
By MIKE HENDRICKS
The Kansas City Star
We need transportation dollars, mayoral spokesman Danny Rotert said after Wednesdays announcement that James has selected Kit Bond Strategies for the job previously held by the local law firm Polsinelli Shughart.
Although the city gets ample support for its projects from congressional Democrats, Rotert said, thats not enough in todays divided Congress. The city also needs someone with the kind of strong Republican ties Bond has to represent the citys interests in federal matters.
We need some help on the R side, Rotert said.
While in the Senate, Bond was known for his keen ability to bring home the bacon. That his name is on not one but two Missouri highway bridges is testament to that.
There are few, other than our current elected officials, who know our needs and priorities as Kit Bond, James said in a written statement. He has long been a friend of Kansas City and will be a powerful voice in Washington to assist in accomplishing our goals.
Terms wont be revealed until the contract is approved, but Rotert said the amount will be quite a bit less than the nearly $200,000 the city was paying Polsinelli Shughart.
Bond retired from the Senate in 2011 after serving four terms. Before that, he served two terms as Missouri governor and one term as state auditor.
He now heads a seven-person lobbying team.
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