State Bill Colorado, so everybody’s clear:
House Speaker Frank McNulty, newly engaged to a Capitol lobbyist, intends to be mindful when casting votes on bills on which his fiance may be lobbying.
Shannon Csotty works for the Kenney Group.
“I am sure he will not put himself in a situation where there is a conflict of interest,” communications director Randy Hildreth said today in an e-mail to State Bill.
It was reported over the weekend that Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty had recently become engaged to Shannon Csotty, a lobbyist for the Kenney Group–we’ve heard, as was discussed in an undersourced diary a few weeks ago, that McNulty and Csotty took a vacation together to Costa Rica after the election (well worth the expense if you haven’t been).
While we have no interest in details of McNulty’s personal life, it’s relieving to see him swearing off potentially conflicted situations right out of the gate–we can confirm that Ms. Csotty’s long-standing representation of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and the important health care exchange legislation the General Assembly must pass this year, had given a number of interested parties reason for concern.
And of course, everybody will be making sure now too.