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GOP Freezes Jobs List, a Vestige of the K Street Project
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Political parties; Hiring; Lobbyists
Author: Birnbaum, Jeffrey H
Date: Jan 26, 2006
Start Page: A.02
Section: A SECTION

The decision to drop the list comes as [Rick Santorum] is being disparaged by his opponents in Washington and at home as the "liaison to the K Street Project." Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) last week said Santorum is "as responsible as anyone in the world for the K Street Project." He added that Santorum was unsuited to serve in his current role as the Republicans' point man in the effort to overhaul lobbying laws.

Those sorts of assertions are "one of a series of problems" Santorum has in his race this year against Pennsylvania state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan election analyst. "Santorum at the moment is the No. 1 most vulnerable Republican senator seeking reelection," Rothenberg added.

A Republican Conference aide said there is "no connection" between Santorum's meetings and the K Street Project, and Santorum has said that everything he has done in the meetings is appropriate. Last week, Santorum characterized the meetings as a way for Republicans to get their points of view disseminated in Washington.

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