Many of Tom DeLay’s former aides are faring much better than their old boss, who faces a three-year prison term for illegally plotting to funnel corporate campaign contributions to candidates.
Several staffers now work for the new speaker, John Boehner. Danielle Maurer, Brett Loper and Anne Thorsen are DeLay alumni working out of Boehner’s office.
Thorsen’s husband, Carlyle Thorsen, was general counsel to DeLay. He is co-founder of a lobbying firm, Thorsen French Advocacy, with a client list that encompasses Comcast, Continental Airlines and NBC Universal.
Jim Morrell, a senior legislative aide with DeLay, is a partner with HDMK, which lobbies for the trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Susan Hirschmann, DeLay’s former chief of staff, is a principal with Williams and Jensen, whose lengthy client list includes Abbott Laboratories, Dell, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Pharma, Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Drew Maloney, DeLay’s legislative director, is now CEO of Ogilvy Government Relations, a lobby firm representing energy interests such as the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron and Hess.
Autumn VandeHei, who was DeLay’s chief floor assistant, served as a vice president with Capitol Management Initiatives, before joining the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, where she is an associate director. VandeHei is married to Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei.
None of the former aides has been implicated in the case against DeLay, who told NBC’s Today Show that the case against him was politically motivated.