by Max Brantley
He acknowledges in an e-mail that he is political director for the Cotton for Congress Campaign. This is somewhat old news, I guess. In addition to his legislative pay, the only outside income Burris reported in 2012 was working for Cotton — a job that produced in excess of $1,000 but less than $12,000.
He didn't respond to my question on his current pay in this job. Or whether he'll stay on board if and when that campaign morphs into a race by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate against Mark Pryor. Burris has long served Cotton as a promoter on Twitter and elsewhere.
It's still sort of amusing. Tom Cotton has made floor speechs about the evils of Obamacare and has otherwise joined in the steady drumbeat of Tea Party and Club for Growth opposition to Medicaid expansion. Burris doesn't call the bill he pushed Obamacare (naturally), but of course it is, just a hybrid form. Without the Affordable Care Act that Obama passed, there'd be no money for Arkansas to expand Medicaid by enormous amounts, under the name private option or anything else. Cotton has said repeatedly that the government can't afford all these spending programs — farm supports, food stamps, Obamacare, disaaster aid, etc. Now he's sending a little of his money to somebody helping increase federal spending.
PS — Burris responds to some questions:
He did pay me last year also. I started back in May. Not going to discuss pay. It will eventually be disclosed.
Harry Reid apparently spends more time thinking about a Cotton Senate run than I do. I work for Cotton for Congress.
If there's other news, I haven't seen it just yet.
The line is open for the evening.