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Cronin defends dual role as lawmaker, paid consultant

Rep. Brian Cronin was asked how he reconciles his role as a state legislator with his role as a paid consultant for the No on Props 1,2,3 campaign. “I reconcile it this way,” he told the City Club of Boise.  “This is very simple. I have not said a thing as part of this campaign, and yes I am a paid consultant, that I hadn't said previously as a member of the Legislature. And my consitituents are happy that I'm here. They're happy that I'm standing up and fighting these laws that I have been fighting from the very beginning.” He said his work for the campaign might actually hurt his consulting business, by alienating potential customers.

“It isn't necessarily a wise decision as a businessman, but I am that passionate about these issues,” Cronin said. “I wanted to work for this campaign, and yes I am going to fulfill my term in the legislature, because these are things I believe. … My constituents know that they want me representing them, and they want me representing them in this role.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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