The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said working as a lobbyist won't disqualify former members from running again.
Rep. Steve Israel's (N.Y.) comments came as former Democratic members continue to take up posts in the lobbying world. Former Reps. Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Allen Boyd (Fla.), Ron Klein (Fla.), Walt Minnick (Idaho), Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.) have all taken jobs at law and lobbying firms after suffering defeats in the 2010 midterms.
Israel has been actively recruiting former members for grudge matches and said their new careers won't preclude them from running again.
"It depends on what they're lobbying for," Israel told Hotline On Call. "If they're lobbying for bridges to nowhere, which every Republican except for one just supported, then it's a problem. If they're lobbying to terminate the foreclosure assistance program for veterans and senior citizens, which every Republican just voted for, maybe that's a problem. But I don't think Democrats would be for those things."
--Kevin Bogardus contributed