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Bonilla Says He’s Done With Politics for Now

With “no light at the end of the tunnel” in the process for his nomination to become U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States, former Rep. Henry Bonilla (R) said Wednesday he is swearing off politics and putting down roots at his new lobbying shop — for the time being, at least.

“I’m not going to say ‘absolutely never,’” Bonilla told Roll Call of a return to politics down the road. “But at this point I’m looking forward to a long-term relationship with the good people at The Normandy Group.”

The White House announced this week that it was removing Bonilla from consideration for the OAS ambassadorship. Bonilla was nominated soon after he lost to now-Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in a December runoff.

But with Democrats holding tight on a promise to make life difficult for President Bush’s March recess appointments, Bonilla doubted his day would ever come.

“We worked it pretty hard and talked to people on both sides of the political aisle,” Bonilla said. “It didn’t have anything to do with my nomination individually, but a global blockage.”
— Matthew Murray

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