McGlowan: I Have An Advantage From Working In DC
Seeming to walk a political tightrope, Angela McGlowan said in an interview with Gulf Coast News that her experience working as a lobbyist in Washington is an asset that will benefit her constituents.
McGlowan contended that she knows how the legislative process works and already has connections in DC before being elected. This is similar to the successful argument made by Haley Barbour in 2003 when- as a candidate- he spun his lobbying past (which the Democrats had been using against him) in his favor by saying he can deliver on resources for the state from Washington.
“Senator Nunnelee serves in Jackson, but Jackson isn’t Washington. And Henry Ross has been the mayor of Eupora, but Eupora isn’t Washington. Already having a national platform gives me an advantage in that I won’t have the same learning curve, I won’t have to wait out the same length of time for my congressional colleagues to come to respect me.
“I know congressional Republicans and Democrats alike. I have lobbied them. They know I have access to the media and people don’t like speaking ill to those who have access to people who have access to ink.
“Its not that people in Washington fear me, they respect me. They know me as an honest lobbyist and when I go on air I don’t speak in ambiguities, it’s clearly black and white.
The interesting piece to this story and the tightrope that I am speaking of is the fact that McGlowan has run a very anti-Washington, anti-political insider campaign so far blasting Nunnelee for being a ‘career politician.’ Now she is saying that her time inside the beltway is a benefit.