Thursday, April 12, 2012

Brian Cronin Lands Strategies 360 Job

Cronin takes over position after Seattle-based firm fired John Foster, Kate Haas

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Boise Democratic Rep. Brian Cronin, retiring from the Idaho Legislature after serving four years in the House, said he’s taking the senior vice president title at the Strategies 360 office downtown.

“We talked about it for several weeks before I was ready to pull the trigger and make a decision,” said Cronin.

Strategies 360 is the Seattle-based firm that is tangled in a lawsuit (and countersuit) with its former Boise operatives, John Foster and Kate Haas. The pair was fired from Strategies 30 following Foster’s announcement that he would be assisting Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in supporting Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” laws. Strategies 360 said it began losing critical Idaho clients because of the Foster-Otter alignment. Foster and Haas claimed they were improperly dismissed. The lawsuits filed left Strategies 360 with an empty Boise office until Wednesday’s announcement involving Cronin.

Boise Weekly caught up with Cronin in the waning days of the session before he had chosen his next venture. While working at the Legislature, he headed the marketing and communications firm Cronin and Associates.   

“I’m going to continue what I’ve done for the past 15 years, which is work in the field of marketing and communications,” he said. “I’m now working for a larger company with larger clients.”

Cronin didn’t want to be compared in any way to Foster.

“I’m not one of the bad guys,” he said. "I didn’t do this to get rich. The inverse has happened. The idea that all this was designed to get me a job? I didn’t go after them."

Cronin said that while Strategies 360 does some lobbying on a state level, he has no plans in the near future to register as a lobbyist. He hopes to draw some of his current clients to his new employer.

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