New Matheson Chief of Staff Won’t Attend Industry Party in Her Honor

Posted September 17, 2009 at 2:09pm

Updated 4:35 p.m.AT&T lobbyist Amy Andryszak, who is headed to Capitol Hill as Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson’s new chief of staff, will not attend a lobbyist-sponsored event in her honor Thursday.CTIA, the United States Telecom Association, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and several lobbyists are listed as hosts of the event, which is billed on the invitations as “Off K Street and Up to the Hill.— Andryszak said she made the decision because of her new role, which she starts Monday. Matheson is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over telecommunications issues.“This is something put together by my friends, and I think it’s a wonderful gesture that they wanted to host this event for me,— Andryszak said. “Even though this is completely legal and ethical, to avoid any appearance of impropriety, I will not attend this event.—Lindsay Angerholzer, managing partner of Sutter’s Mill Fund Raising & Strategy, Katreice Banks of AT&T and Melissa Maxfield of Comcast, among others, are listed as hosts of the event.Angerholzer said the hosts are a collection of people who have known Andryszak for a long time.“Amy and I have been personal friends for a long time,— Angerholzer said. “I’m just excited about her new job and wanted to have a little party to congratulate her.—CTIA and NCTA declined to comment. AT&T and USTelecom did not immediately comment.Andryszak, who has been a lobbyist at AT&T since 2007, according to Senate lobbying disclosure reports, has also worked as a lobbyist for American Osteopathic Association.