Gov. Joe Manchin’s daughter, Brooke, isn’t a lobbyist. She’s not registered as a lobbyist with the state. But she’sÂ certainly keeping the company of lobbyists these days.
A week after Democratic Party Chairman Â Nick Casey’s law firm hired Brooke Manchin as an “administrative assistant”Â — Casey says she’s part secretary, part file clerk — Manchin attended a West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast meeting at the Charleston Marriott hotel along with two lobbyists — Joe Martin and Frank Hartman — from Casey’s firm, chamber director Steve Roberts confirmed today.
About 70 people — mostly state and local business leaders — attended theÂ Feb. 24 legislative briefing breakfast.Â The topic: health care reform, and Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, and state Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, were the featured speakers. At the start, like everyone else, Brooke Manchin stood up and introduced herself. Roberts couldn’t recall if she said anything about her new job.
Martin andÂ Hartman work forÂ LGCR Government Solutions, the new lobbying arm ofÂ Casey’sÂ law firmÂ — Lewis, Glasser, Casey and Rollins. Â Martin, a former aide to the governor,Â hasn’t registered as a lobbyist with the state Ethics Commission — though he’s attended one of their training seminars. He previously secured a special “revolving-door” exemption from the commission to lobby immediately, instead of having to wait a year.
Casey says Brooke Manchin won’t register as a lobbyist, and won’t go anywhere near the Capitol.