The San Jose Mercury News and others are reporting that Tea Party ideals of eschewing special interests, earmarks, and playing legislative favorites have quickly begun to evaporate as the smell of money wafts up from lavish fundraisers attended by deep pocketed special interests.
[…] it raised eyebrows Tuesday when several House freshmen held a big-dollar fundraiser in a swanky Washington hotel. The event, organized in part by Rep.-elect Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, stood out as the flashiest celebration of the new Congress — and an early and public acknowledgement that while some things change, many stay the same.
Also, according to the Mercury News, a number of GOP freshman have not only lined up for lobbyist hand-outs but have cut straight to the chase, hiring some of the very same high powered, high priced lobbyists to run their offices:
Several freshmen have hired lobbyists — pre-eminent Washington insiders — to lead their congressional staffs. In the weeks leading up to today’s swearing-in, dozens of the newcomers joined other lawmakers in turning to K Street for campaign cash. Congressional offices will be packed today with lawmakers’ relatives, friends, constituents and lobbyists, all invited to celebrate the new Congress.