Lobbying is all about access to power.
If you have access, you have clients. And what better way to prove to potential clients that you have access than invite them to slam a few cocktails with Oregon's senior senator, who sits on the powerful Senate Finance, Intelligence and Energy and Natural Resources Committees.Josh Kardon,
the former long-time chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
is officially hanging out his federal lobbying shingle this month at Tonkon Torp, a proiminent Portland law firm. Wyden–Kardon’s meal ticket– is scheduled to be in Portland for a May 31 reception to help to help Kardon drum up business for Tonkon Torp. (Invitation below for those whose got lost in the mail.)
Kardon left Wyden's office last year—sort of. He opened Grant Park Strategies and took on as one of his first gigs managing Wyden's cake-walk to 2010 re-election (Wyden beat Republican Jim Huffman 57 percent to 39 percent in a strong GOP year).
Kardon also advised Gov. John Kitzhaber on his successful campaign last year and has been working with Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian
on his challenge to U.S. Rep. David Wu. But far from winding Grant Park down even as he revs Tonkon Torp up, Kardon is also expanding Grant Park. Today, that firm announced the hiring of Paige Richardson, who has run several high profile campaigns. Kardon will remain a principal in Grant Park.
Kardon referred a call to a Tonkon Torp spokesperson, who was not immediately available for comment.