"There are a number of members of this body who have either spouses or children who are lobbyists. My son happens to be a lawyer who does lobbying. And I’m very proud of him. He works hard and does very well. I was a member of the Senate before he made the decision to become a lobbyist."Did anything about that explanation seem strange? If you weren't reading carefully, you might have missed it. Here's the sentence in question, again:
"I was a member of the Senate before [my son] made the decision to become a lobbyist."Normally, a House or Senate member who wanted to reassure someone that a family member wasn't cashing in on daddy's position would tell you the opposite. They'd want to be able to say, "I was elected to the Senate after [my son] made the decision to become a lobbyist."
Unless he misspoke, Chambliss wasn't saying that. Indeed, he's essentially bragging about the fact that his son became a Washington lobbyist after he was elected to the Senate. He's emphasizing the very point that makes his son's lobbying activities so ethically troubling.