I saw your editorial blasting retired congressman Jerry Costello for leaving Congress and then becoming a consultant or lobbyist. I don't remember reading an editorial blasting retired senator Alan Dixon when he left Congress and joined one of the largest law and lobby firms in the country. I don't remember reading an editorial blasting Missouri's Kit Bond or Dick Gephardt for doing the same.
It looks to me from your article that the people who have hired Costello already had consultants or lobbyists. So why wouldn't they hire the guy with the most experience and connections?
I don't like lobbyists. But if I needed one, I'd hire Costello.