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Defeated Tom Feeney, One Happy Warrior, Finds Work

There is life after Jack Abramoff after all.

Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), who as of today is a former member of Congress, is rejoining his old law firm in Orlando. The firm, Fowler, O'Quinn, Feeney & Sneed, announced late yesterday that Feeney, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, would be rejoining the practice.

Feeney lost his reelection in November thanks in part to his associations with Abramoff, the jailed former super lobbyist. The Florida politician came under intense scrutiny after it was disclosed he was one of three lawmakers who took that infamous 2003 trip to Scotland with Abramoff to play golf on the dream course at St. Andrews.

Feeney, who was never been charged with any wrongdoing, indicated recently he's at peace with himself and has no regrets. As he said in an interview with Florida Today, "I'm not here to gaze at my navel and say, 'Geez, I should have done this.' I'm not one of those guys. What's done is done."

"I'm a happy warrior looking for ways to have some fun and fight for freedom tomorrow," Feeney said.

While the happy warrior practices law and looks for some fun in the sun in Florida, the woman who defeated him, Suzanne Kosmas, is in the House chamber as we write this, preparing to take the oath of office as the new 111th Congress convenes.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 6, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
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