February 4th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Wyden's Chief of Staff Joins Forces With Tonkon Torp (Updated Feb. 9)

Josh Kardon

A couple of weeks ago, Josh Kardon, who has served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) since 1994, announced he was taking a leave to run his boss's re-election campaign. But now it looks as though Kardon's departure might be permanent.

Today, the Tonkon Torp law firm, which has an active lobbying practice, announced Kardon will be joining joining forces with the firm, although he'll also operate an independent political strategy firm as well.

Given Kardon's access to his former boss and other federal pols and his senior role in many campaigns and important policy and personnel decisions over the past 17 years, the hiring is a coup for Tonkon Torp. (Updated Feb. 9: Kardon says he will not be joining Tonkon as an employee but rather providing advice to certain of the firm's clients.)

Here's a statement from Tonkon Torp:

“Josh is extraordinarily skilled and experienced in all facets of government policymaking and he will be a great fit with Tonkon Torp's practice, culture and philosophy," said Mark L. Cushing, Chair of Tonkon Torp's Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. "I cannot think of a single major policy issue involving Oregon over the past 15 years – at the federal, state or regional level – in which Josh has not played a key role. We are delighted he has chosen to work with our firm."

(photo of Kardon from linkedin.com)
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