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Kerry's top climate staffer departs

By Juliet Eilperin

If you needed one more sign that a comprehensive climate bill wasn't going to move in 2011, look no farther than the fact that Kathleen Frangione is leaving Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) staff on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Frangione, who performed the thankless task of spearheading the ultimately unsuccessful effort this Congress to pass a bipartisan climate and energy bill, will start work Nov. 8 at McBee Strategic, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying and communications firm.

While Frangione could not be reached for comment, Kerry lauded his departing staffer's legislative skills in a statement.

"Kathleen was the Senate's best staffer on the Senate's toughest issue. She always delivered, and her knowledge, poise, and work ethic was unsurpassed. She's a huge part of my political family and always will be, and despite our collective frustration about the larger political dynamic of 2010 that got in the way, the truth is, it's because of her work that we came closer to a behind the scenes breakthrough in the past two years than we ever have before."

Perhaps now she'll get a a decent work schedule, after having to postpone so many vacations to draft legislation that never made it to the floor.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with Sen. John Kerry and Director of the White House office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner, talk to the media on Capitol Hill. Senate Democrats abandoned plans to pass an energy bill that caps emissions of carbon dioxide, saying Republicans refuse to support the measure.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) span>

By Juliet Eilperin  | November 1, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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Woops! I thought the WaPo said only Republicans went off to lobbyists.

Posted by: jdonner2 | November 1, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It was the boneheaded climate bill that ultimately destroyed Obama's presidency. Perhaps all of America owe a debt of gratitude to Kathleen Frangione.

As it turned out, there were more climate skeptics out there than appeared on the radar. First of all - there was no correlation between jobs and saving the world from global warming. Having to pay higher energy taxes is not what most people desire who have to commute to work everyday and pay for heating bills and trying to make ends meet.

Then there were scandals in the UK and elsewhere about false and sloppy research. Then Prime Minister Brown, Prince Charles and Al Gore get hysterical. Save the polar bears or we will all die.

Worst of all is the way Pelosi pushed this legislation through Congress - completely drunk with power. She alienated Members of Congress and poisoned the well of bi-partisanship and Obama lectured the nation on how stupid climate skeptics are.

Posted by: alance | November 1, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

A true believer of untruths!

Posted by: larrygubas | November 1, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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