* As we discussed last week, longtime Statehouse lobbyist Dick Lockhart’s 90th birthday party was this past Wednesday.
One of the most popular speeches of the night was delivered by Bob Myers, of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. Most of Bob’s speech was him reading from “Lockhart’s Logic,” a list of do’s and don’ts for lobbyists honed by Lockhart over the centuries. Here’s Bob reading the list…
* If you can’t watch videos at work, here are some of the rules…
“Credibility is a non-renewable resource. Once gone, it is gone.”
“A legislator and his ego are never parted.”
“If you can’t defeat a bill, dilute it. If you can’t dilute it, delay it.”
“It is better to be the key to a locked door than it is to try to beat the door down.”
“Fear and/or greed generate most legislation.”
“Everything is temporary.”
“Necessity is the mother of strange bedfellows.”
“Coalitions are temporary love affairs, seldom consummated or even blissful, and they frequently lead to seductions by clever suitors.”
“No bill should be called before its time.”
“Legislation is not only the art of compromise, compromise is also an art.”
“Say ‘Thank you’ often, and mean it.”
* The Question: Can you think of any other do’s and don’ts not covered here?