KR is an old friend of mine, a coworker who is indeed a true-blue DC lobbyist. More specifically, he is a dyed-in-the-wool son of the South who, by the sheer misfortune of life landed in the Yankee infested bastion of Washington. At least that’s how he likes to play it.
KR is just enough of an iconoclast to get away with the “man, I hate Washington, but it’s a living – you know…” bit. He is also one of the most genuinely talented advocates I’ve ever come across. He is smart and knows his industry back and forth, up and down. He is, as are most good lobbyists, unapologetic about his profession. As KR often notes, what he does for a living is also one of the few rights specifically enshrined in our constitution’s first amendment, which prohibits Congress from abridging “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Whether touting big oil or the Girl Scouts, that, my friends is lobbying.
Now, with all that said, I also want to point out that KR is not remotely close to being an Ivy League snob. He does not have a law degree and frankly, most DC people annoy him. He’s old school, in a Southern Rock kind of way. He is also true to himself in a town that justly deserves a reputation of being populated by those who pat you on the back while simultaneously stabbing you in it.
These shots were taken in Nashville, at the tail end of a recent legislative conference. KR was hanging out in a bar, minding his own business and having a beer. Next thing he knows, some lady is taking his picture and chatting him up.
Turns out she is a pro and had just wrapped up covering the CMA awards, which had taken place the night before. She liked his look – very Matt Damon. Sure…I get that sort of comment all the time.
And by the way, is it just me or does that top shot also have a little Scott Schuman in it?
Anyway, this story is classic KR. The people he has met and the the things he has done allow me to live an amazingly vicarious life through his exploits. Still, he is a good guy trying to make his way through life and that alone is often a major accomplishment. To me, that is true personal style. I don’t care who you’re wearing – what kind of person are you?
I should also note that KR is a clothes horse who needs to embrace the joys and sartorial benefits of custom tailored clothing. It would do him wonders; although he really just wants to live in jeans and Lucchese boots. So wonderfully un-Washington.