Back in the Saddle Again 

Whitlock to lobby for INL

Just when you think your job trolling the Capitol is over, you get dragged back in again. Brian Whitlock, former chief of staff to former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, is back in the statehouse saddle. Whitlock was hired by the Idaho National Laboratory to be their new state and government affairs representative--call him a lobbyist--starting immediately.

"When I think of the opportunities and challenges we face as a state and as a nation--particularly in the areas of energy and homeland security--Idaho National Laboratory will be at the center of many of those debates and solutions," Whitlock said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to complementing the good work of the INL scientists and researchers and promoting their efforts throughout Idaho and the West."

Whitlock had been one of the last former staffers to leave Kempthorne's office, as he wrapped up loose ends left by the former governor who has since become the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. After some brief speculation that he might join Kempthorne in Washington--talk that Whitlock didn't really encourage--he will now once again prowl the Idaho capitol.

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