Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt joins Cassidy

Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) has joined Cassidy and Associates as a senior consultant, the firm announced Tuesday.

Blunt, the son of Rep. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R-Mo.), opted not to run for reelection in 2008. He joins the firm at a time when most K Street firms are turning to Democrats to shore up relationships with the party in control of Congress and the White House.

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But Marty Russo, the firm’s CEO and a former Democratic congressman, said hiring Blunt reflected the “new spirit of post-partisanship” in Washington.

Cassidy has had close ties to the Blunt family for several years. The firm’s vice chairman and chief operating officer, Gregg Hartley, was a longtime staffer to Roy Blunt.

The younger Blunt was elected the 54th governor of Missouri on Nov. 2, 2004. He previously served as secretary of state and was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.