Lobbyist Robb Watters (right) hooks up his friends and political contacts with referrals and medical services. He is on the board of the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, and is pictured with CEO Stephen Badger (left) and Dr. John Larsen.
"He's been a valuable board member, and not just because of all the referrals from the political folks on the Hill," Badger quipped.
"We've been profitable every year that Robb has been on the board," Badger said.
While Watters does not lobby for the medical faculty associates, his Hill contacts can come in handy. "He has introduced me to people who are making decisions," Badger said, noting that Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) spent a half-day touring the facility.
"He speaks so highly of the doctors, and he believes in them," the Democratic Senate aide said. "When they find out that I'm working on the Hill, they say, 'Did Robb recommend you?' They know he's out there, their ambassador."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
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