McInnis being treated like a short-timer
Third District Congressman Scott McInnis will announce soon his alliance with a new water education and advocacy foundation, he confirmed Saturday.Meanwhile, he said his status as a lame duck congressman is already taking a toll.People who used to call every day now just call once a week, he said.Congressional office building managers have already provided him with a list of things to do to vacate his office in Washington, D.C., and delivered packing boxes. Other members of Congress intent on staying have come by to size up his well-positioned office.Im still a player, but the fact is, this is a very cold business. It moves on, he said.McInnis announced last fall that he would not seek re-election to Congress in 2004, but it wasnt a week ago that he announced his plans to join the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP, working in the firms Denver office. Before winning the 3rd District seat in 1992, McInnis practiced law in his hometown of Glenwood Springs.McInnis wont be handling lawsuits in his new job. He expects his work to focus on political strategy; his supervisor will be Democrat Tom Strickland, who tried twice to win a U.S. Senate seat in races against Wayne Allard.He confirmed Saturday that he will not step down from his 3rd District post before May 22, the last date that would trigger a special election to fill the position. But with several congressional recesses following that date, he doesnt want to waste time.Its just not my personality to sit around and collect a check, he said.He has already stepped down from his post as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health.He expects to announce in the not too distant future that he will join a corporate board of directors, and serve as the lead spokesman for a new water education foundation.A prominent Colorado family, which he declined to name, is making an initial effort to broaden public understanding of water issues by launching the foundation.McInnis said he and his wife, Lori, plan to keep their home in Grand Junction and take an apartment in Denver.
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