My last two non-birding posts were about two seemingly unrelated subjects: the attempt by Texas billionaire Red McCombs to install Mark Rey at the helm the U.S. Forest Service so that he can build a huge ski resort in Colorado, and the attempt by Texas elected officials to quietly build a huge system of toll roads that may not be either wanted or needed by the population of this state.
But it turns out there is a connection after all. And it's right on the surface. His name is Tom Loeffler.
Loeffler was the fellow McCombs turned to for help in getting Bush to appoint Mark Rey to his current position overseeing our national forests. And Loeffler's law firmlobbying firm more like itis the first private industry board of directors representative listed on the San Antonio Mobility Coalition's web site. (The San Antonio Mobility Coalition is one of the state-government-created organizations responsible for driving the toll road plans to completion.)
Loeffler is described in the Denver Post article on McCombs and Rey as a former Republican Congressman from Texas, a current lobbyist, and "a top fundraiser for Bush." According to Texans for Public Justice, he has a long and sordid history in Texas politics, much of it closely connected with that former governor who now resides in the White House.
Amidst the circle of GOP powerbrokers, lobbyist Loeffler clearly is near the very center. And guess who he is getting behind now, according to Time magazine last week:
None of [Senator John] McCain's new allies are more impressive than former Congressman Tom Loeffler of Texas, a mega--fund raiser for Bush. Loeffler says he has told McCain he is willing "to be your bottle washer, or I'll fix the flat on the Straight Talk Express bus." While Loeffler notes that he has been "very, very, very close friends" with McCain since the 1970s, he says McCain is finding new chums among the same Republicans who invested so much to keep him out of the White House six years ago. "The battle of 2000 is far behind," Loeffler says, "and they are looking for a winner in 2008."Keep this in mind come the next Presidential election.