Saturday, December 03, 2011

Didn’t Go There, Didn’t Plan To

Prior to coming on our podcast, the Board of Directors of the HoCo Chamber of Commerce told Pam Klahr, their President and CEO that certain topics should be off limits, particularly the Diane Wilson affair.

The funny thing is that neither Paul nor I considered that subject that would be of any interest to our listeners. As far as we were concerned, that was old news.

What was of interest to me was the perception of the chamber having an outsized influence on HoCo loco politics. There are some in community, including a couple of commenters on this blog, that seem to believe the chamber can work its will with the county council.

Don’t get me wrong, the chamber does lobby hard, and in some cases successfully for issues important to the business community but their efforts are no more or less effective than other major HoCo loco interest groups.

Perhaps it is just perception. Under Pams leadership, the organizations legistlative initiatives have become more robust. The Legistlative Affairs Committee of the chamber is one on the most active groups in the organization and their annual legistlative breakfast is well attended by most HoCo loco politicos.

I guess that’s why the Board continues to be so touchy about the Dianne Wilson thing.

You can listen to the latest episode of “and then there’s that…” here.
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