Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why Schweitzer won't be a secretary of anything


Possible presidential candidate and outgoing Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), claiming in an interview with SNL Energy that he's not so good at "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

With all this talk of a national energy policy, do you have any thoughts on what you might do next? Any interest in a job like secretary of energy?

I wouldn't be a very good secretary. I can't even type. I want to change the world, and I'm afraid that putting your feet in concrete in Washington, D.C., is probably not the place to change the world.

Please don't take offense, but would you consider a lobbying job on behalf of some of the industries we've been discussing?

Probably not. I don't like the smell of what they do for a living. I think the special interests and lobbyists have effectively destroyed our legislative process in this country.

If being an advocate for an energy system that is cleaner, greener, domestic, an energy system that wouldn't require us to send another generation to fight an oil war for petro-dictators, if that is being a lobbyist, well then I am, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be paid for by some special interest to sell out my core values.

So note: even though he says he "doesn't like the smell" of what lobbyists do for a living, he kind of keeps the door open to being on in the next few senteces.