Changing administrations is good for Washington’s business, with thousands of job openings for the new president to fill.
This year, however, Donald Trump‘s election threw a wrench in Washington’s plans, with many of the outgoing Democrats not having many opportunities now that Congress and the White House will be GOP controlled.
Former Bush administration official Ron Bonjean, a co-founder of Rokk Solutions public affairs, said the situation is a repeat of when President Obama won in 2008.
“Lots of Bush aides moved back to Texas because their job was done. Many Democratic aides will simply move back home or enroll in graduate school while a few will attempt to be absorbed by K Street,” he said.
According to the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, some 4,000 jobs will be filled by the incoming administration, with about 1,000 of those requiring Senate confirmation.
According to PoliTemps, a political placement service, about 3,000 former campaign workers soon will descend on Washington for those jobs as the current office holders move on.
“When a new party takes control of legislative bodies, or the White House, it usually affects our business — and for the better,” said Chris Jones, president of PoliTemps.
“For one, we get an influx of qualified, politically savvy applicants from all around the country who see it as a chance to break into the big leagues in Washington. New players and leaders in Congress and the executive branch also force lobbyists and special interests to refocus priorities and strategies, and that means more client activity.”
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org