Warren Hardy resigns from the Nevada Senate

Victor Joecks

Former Nevada Senator Warren Hardy, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors
And becomes a highly paid lobbyist.

Now, your initial reaction is probably the same as mine was. “Typical politician. He’s just selling out and going to cash in on the connections he’s made over the years.” Others in the blogosphere have also had that reaction.

But the idea of Hardy selling out doesn’t seem to be accurate.

State Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, is resigning his seat today.

This ends back-and-forth speculation in Nevada political circles about whether Hardy would seek re-election in 2010.

Hardy, who is also president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, said he needed to cut costs at the trade association by ending lobbying and consulting contracts and doing the work himself.

Hardy’s job as the president of ABC already pays him over $200,000 a year.

So while it’s true that Hardy is resigning to become a lobbyist, he’s going to be lobbying as part of a job he already had. He could have stayed in the Senate and made the same amount he’s going to make now working as a lobbyist.

Unless someone has information that Hardy is going to get a ridiculous raise, the idea that Hardy is somehow selling out seems more smoke than fire.