Jon Kyl: Lobbying been berry, berry good to me

Jon Kyl reprises Chico Escuela

Bet’cha didn’t think this parallel was possible, but twice retired Sen. Jon Kyl and Chico Escuela have more in common than you may imagine. Comedian Garrett Morris portrayed Chico, “the immortal” former all-star baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, an immigrant to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, who became renown for the phrase, “Baseball been berry, berry good to me.” The theme of the intro Saturday Night Live skit is set up here.

Kyl might say the same about his lucrative lobbying gig at the D.C. based, international law firm of Covington & Burling. His myriad clients — nearly two dozen — ranging from Anheuser-Busch (sniff, sniff…smell the McCain connection?) to Walmart paid him, usually through Covington, nearly $2 million. The firm’s campaign donations favor Democrats.*

As we pointed out in this 2012 post, What’s a Kyl or McCain endorsement actually worth? the duo frequently endorsed leftists — even for cabinet posts and federal judgeships.

Jon Kyl was not acting as a “sherpa” for Supreme Court nominees Gorsuch and Kavanaugh out of the goodness of his heart. Hired by Judicial Crisis Network, Kyl was paid $100,000 for shepherding Neil Gorsuch through the SCOTUS process. Given the surge of politically-based, unsupported attacks on Brett Kavanaugh, his squiring for him must have been at least that much. This report was reflective of 2017- 2018.  H&R Block is one of Kyl’s clients, but it’s doubtful the cut-rate tax filers get anywhere near Kyl’s substantial financial holdings.

U.S. Senators are paid a base annual salary of $174,000, with plenty of perks (these are reflective of 2013, and interestingly follow a 16-day government shutdown under Barack Obama.) This list omits foreign travel, often including staff and spouses.

For his brief return to the senate to fill John McCain’s term until U.S. Rep. Martha McSally was appointed, Kyl has now been bestowed praiseworthy status. Take this trip back to the 2012 GOP Primary Election for a memory refresher of his manipulative tactics. Kyl reached into the precinct level in an effort to replace conservative committeemen with RINOs. McCain engaged in the same unsavory tactics. The reason? Elected Precinct Committeemen, many of whom are subsequently elected within their district meetings as State Committeemen, vote for the internal GOP leadership. Current AZ GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines, shamelessly running for reelection, oversaw unprecedented Republican losses in the November General Election.  If you’re a state committeeman, conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, running for AZ Republican chairman, deserves your support.

* Center for Responsive Politics


6 Responses to Jon Kyl: Lobbying been berry, berry good to me

  1. D.B. Cooper says:

    Another informative post. It’s no wonder Kyl was in a rush to get back to his lucrative lobbying career. He’s already been a senator and this pays so much better!

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    Chico Escuela? I haven’t heard that name in years, but still remembered it. Linking him to Kyl is hilarious. The old line is, the best humor is based in truth. You guys nailed it!!

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Who Put the CON in Congress?
    Con game.

    What if Congress was ONE BIG money laundering scheme?
    Here, we’ll give you 115 Billion dollars of U.S. taxpayers hard-earned money under the guise of helping a third world country out of poverty.
    Except that 3rd world country Never Ever lifts itself up, even with all that U.S. $$$$$.

    What if Congress gives BILLIONS to foreign countries AND non-government agencies (think RED CROSS and USAID) for laundering, and then it is kicked back to U.S. politicians and their partners in crime/friends?
    Ruthie Bad Girl (Sooo obsessed with sex)
    What does she and Warhead McTassel Loafers have in common?
    The Dr. will see you now, 24/7/365.
    The Hippocratic Oath means nothing to them.

    They need to go to camp.
    Camp Delta.

  4. State Committeeman says:

    The rest of this post lives up to the terrific headline! The links provide some pertinent information I didn’t previously have. Obviously neither McCain nor Kyl had/have a conservative bone in their bodies. How did Arizona get so unlucky?

    I supported Kelli Ward for US Senate and will vote for her at the state meeting.

  5. Jig says:

    Keep in mind that KYL also receives a taxpayer paid pension from Congress that is far higher than most Americans earn.

  6. jake sez says:

    Want to get rich for the rest of your life? Get elected to congress. You can suckle at the teat of government until you find a better job as a lobbyist. How corrupt can we get? Just look at our elected officials.