As Freddie Mac searches for a successor to Mitch Delk, the powerful chief lobbyist who resigned last March in a fundraising scandal, the mortgage giant is redefining its top lobbying position, seeking to return it to a traditional government-affairs post lacking the broad influence over communications strategy that Delk had, sources familiar with the negotiations say.
Tim McBride, a DaimlerChrysler lobbyist, has emerged as a leading contender to succeed Delk. He is a friend of McLoughlin from when they both served in the presidential administration of George H.W. Bush, according to lobbyists with knowledge of the search. He is also a friend of Nels Olson, the headhunter at Korn/Ferry International who is leading the search.
|All of those in the running have strong Republican credentials, having worked for the GOP either on the Hill or in an administration.|
Freddie Mac has been looking for another Republican to succeed Delk after an election in which Republicans strengthened their majorities in both chambers and held on to the presidency. The company had been waiting to see the results of the election before naming a new chief lobbyist.
Clarke Camper, a Democrat and former aide to then-Rep. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSecond Dem calls for probe into Russian election involvement Schumer calls for Senate probe into Russian interference Senate Dems hold out on spending deal, risking shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.), had been acting chief of the company’s lobbying team, but he left recently to run external affairs at GE Consumer Finance. Camper denied in published reports that he was leaving as part of an effort to rid Freddie Mac’s Washington office of Democrats, saying that the GE offer was too good to pass up.