As members of GAP, we should always
speak about the positive aspects of our profession. Lobbyists represent
mayors, nurses, policemen, subway conductors, hospitals, cultural institutions,
parent groups, subway commuters, Wall Street brokers, mentally infirmed
people, students, teachers, principals, government agencies and people
of many other descriptions. As highlighted in a
past Newsweek column by Robert J. Samuelson, lobbyists perform a
legitimate function, assisting people to petition government as is their
constitutional right. I wish this were a laughing matter (click
here for recent comics) but it is not. Remember: everyone is special.
Every interest is a special interest.