* The 2017 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best State Agency Director goes to Mike Hoffman at CMS…
CMS can be a behemoth of an agency, with controversial issues lurking around every corner. Hoffman has been able to set a clear direction for each of the unique bureaus and handle the criticism that comes with the daily task of managing the state’s operations (including sensitive topics like personnel, state property, health insurance, labor relations, etc.).
* The 2017 Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Congresscritter goes to Cheri Bustos…
Another vote for Cheri Bustos, IL- 17th. I’ve discussed two of her regular features, “Cheri on Shift” and “Supermarket Saturdays” here previously - she’s responsive to constituents, she’s knowledgeable about the issue of concern (jobs jobs jobs), and she’s a hard worker - a virtue Central Illinoisans admire and respect.
Plus, she’s been running workshops for constituents who want to run for local office, “Build the Bench.”
She’s acquiring a national reputation and to my mind, it’s well deserved.
* And now let’s move along to today’s categories…
* Best “Do-Gooder” Lobbyist
* Best Contract Lobbyist
As always, make sure to explain your votes and please nominate in both categories. Thanks.