Brian Wild is listed as the author of the 21-page document that has been circulating to reporters before its official release.
Wild, who is currently on Minority Leader John Boehner’s payroll, used to work for AIG, Andarko Petrolum and Pfizer, among others.
So, what does this all mean?
Past associations with entities like the Chamber are hardly character disqualifiers, certainly on the Republican side of the aisle where fidelity to the business lobby is a virtue. But having been paid to lobby on behalf of major companies with legislative business before Congress does create an obvious optics problem for Republican leaders hoping to promote their agenda as clean of big-moneyed influence. Via Huffington Post
So, Republicans who are looking to NOT be all about big corporations are going to have to explain this one a bit. On the other hand, Wild hasn’t ONLY worked for corporate America.
According to The Huffington Post, from 2001 through 2004, Wild was the legislative director for then Representative Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) the current Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. From 2004 through 2005 he was a Deputy Assistant For Legislative Affairs to Vice President Dick Cheney. There also was a tenure on the staff of former Colorado Republican Senator Hank Brown.
Some from the GOP party are already distancing Wild from the actual content of the “Pledge to America.”
Asked about the perception of conflicting interests, Brendan Buck, a spokesperson for the House GOP Legislative Initiatives, stressed that there was none. Wild, he said, played a role in steering “The Pledge” project. But he was not involved in actually authoring its specific provisions — a task saved for the actual members.