BUDDY AND BUDDIES
Buddy Roemer, the independent presidential hopeful who will take donations only in $100 increments, arrives in the nation’s capital Thursday to talk corruption and campaign finance reform with onetime lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter. Mr. Roemer’s motto, incidentally, is “Pick a president, not a party.”
The trio meet for a public “empire salon” under the auspices of the Committee for the Republic, which notes, “In the world of political influence peddling, the money trail always leads back to the lobbying community. Lobbyists dispense political contributions like Halloween candy — only for them, every day is Halloween.”
The conversation should appeal to Mr. Roemer.
“If Mitt Romney’s campaign is an Etch A Sketch, then the GOP primary is a game of Twister,” says Mr. Roemer, referencing a cheeky comment from Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom, who compared his boss’s campaign to the vintage toy, telling CNN, “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”