The legislative year begins with a conspicuous vacancy. Not because a lawmaker got convicted or died, but because he leaped the fence for greener pastures. Meaning money.
While lush green in financial feed, his new field is on the dark side: the realm of special interest lobbying.
But this is America. No one is forced to stay in any job.
The really stinky part of a legislator dumping his constituents in midterm and turning lobbyist, however, is that local taxpayers must shell out for a special election to replace him.
We're talking about an unexpected expense of $100,000 to $1 million or more. And it's a burden frequently heaped on citizens all over...