Kerry's top climate staffer departs
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.
| November 1, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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