Hogan’s Wolff

Posted March 31, 2008 at 6:40pm

Former chief White House lobbyist Candi Wolff, who left the Bush administration in mid-December, has landed another lobbying job, this time at Hogan & Hartson. She starts today.

[IMGCAP(1)]“She had a lot of offers, and we’re pleased to get her,” said Mike House, who runs the firm’s legislative practice.

Wolff spent the past two years in the White House legislative shop and also had worked in legislative affairs for Vice President Cheney. But Hogan didn’t hire Wolff to work the administration, where she is barred from lobbying her old colleagues for a year.

They hired her for her Senate connections, where she worked as a tax counsel to former Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) and later spent four years as deputy staff director in the late 1990s for the Republican Policy Committee under Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho). Wolff can start lobbying the Senate immediately.

Recuse Me, Sir. Rep. Albert Wynn has made it official. The Maryland Democrat on Friday filed a recusal form with the Clerk of the House certifying he would avoid actions that would create the appearance of a conflict of interest for him, considering he has announced he is quitting Congress early to join the law and lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro.

The shop has a long roster of clients, and Wynn’s seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee means he could face votes that would affect their bottom lines. Among Dickstein clients with potential business before the committee: the Cigar Association of America, Lorillard Tobacco, the Interactive Gaming Council, Peabody Energy and Covanta Energy Corp.

The recusal form is a new mandate under the revamped ethics rules. Wynn becomes the second lawmaker to file one, after then-Rep. Richard Baker (R-La.), who announced in January he was stepping down to head the Managed Funds Association.

Staff Shuffle. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday announced staff changes in his leadership office.

Sudafi Henry will become senior policy adviser, replacing Gina Mahony, who is leaving Capitol Hill to join the Denver-based law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Henry, who will continue in his role as counsel, had served as deputy external relations director. He previously worked as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) legislative director.

Hoyer also has hired Elizabeth Thomas to be his health policy adviser. Thomas moves from Rep. Mike Thompson’s (D-Calif.) office, where she worked as deputy legislative director.

In addition, Rick Palacio joins the staff as deputy director of member services. He fills the role last held by Alexis Covey-Brandt, who recently was promoted to deputy floor director.

Palacio comes from Rep. John Salazar’s (D-Colo.) office, where he was deputy communications director and legislative assistant.

Hoyer also has named a new speechwriter, Rob Goodman, who recently filled the same post for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).

— T.R. Goldman, Tory Newmyer and Jennifer Yachnin