Rereg lobbyist takes flack in GOP post quest

From the politics-makes-strange-bedfellows department comes the tale of Haley Barbour, a D.C. lobbyist and Mississippi Republican now in the running for chairman of the GOP National Committee.

Worked for CBS

Seems that Barbour was hired by CBS last year to round up Republican votes in favor of cable reregulation.

Barbour’s opponents for the top GOP job last week were circulating a letter entitled “What Price, Loyalty?,” which focused on his Eye Web connections and on his efforts to override President Bush’s veto of the cable bill.

Rather have Dan?

The letter noted Bush’s well-known antipathy for CBS anchor Dan Rather, and asked, “What do Dan Rather and Haley Barbour have in common? They both work for CBS.”

Those who consider Barbour a traitor to his party can chew on a similar tale of inside-the-Beltway intrigue.

Last year, while top congressional Democrats were itching to embarrass President Bush with a cable veto override, the cable industry hired Bob Beckel–a high-profile Democrat who ran Walter Mondale’s campaign for president–to lobby against the bill.

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