Update: A source close to Critz said Tuesday that the Congressman is considering a rematch versus Rothfus in 2014. It’s been widely speculated for months.
“I have no doubt that Mark wants to do it,” the source said. “But he’s got to make the evaluation about whether or not he does do it. He actually came to love the job [in Congress],” the source told The Hill.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is taking the possibility seriously enough to issue a statement on Critz’s new job. From spox Ian Prior:
“In his time in Congress, Mark Critz took over $1.4 million from special interest groups of all varieties. Now that he’s become a big-time lobbyist, he has finally ended the charade of working on behalf of Pennsylvania and is openly cashing in on his inner special interest superstardom.”
His name is also buzzing in Democratic circles as a potential Lt. Governor candidate.
Former Rep. Mark Critz, the Democrat who lost to Keith Rothfus in November, has joined government affairs and advocacy group EIS Solutions.
The firm specializes in energy and land use.
“As a former Member of Congress and district director for Congressman John Murtha, Mark Critz has the experience and relationships at the local level to help difficult projects get approval,” EIS Solutions President Wade Haerle said. “Mark knows how to navigate local politics and governmental bureaucracies at the state and federal levels and will be an asset to clients seeking to build local support for energy related projects in the coal and natural gas industries.”
He’ll be a Senior Vice President based in Johnstown.
“It was an honor to serve the people of Western Pennsylvania in Congress where I had the opportunity fight for jobs and economic development,” Critz said in a company press release. “Development of our energy resources is vital to growing our regional economy and making our nation independent of foreign sources of energy. I look forward to working to make sure that our region develops these resources in a safe, responsible manner while working to grow our economy and meet our energy needs.”
Critz served in Congress from 2010 through January. Prior to that, he served as former Rep. John Murtha’s district director.
A blue dog Democrat by ideology, Critz was a strong ally for goal and natural gas developers while in Congress.
He’ll join his former campaign manager Mike Mikus, who himself is a Senior VP for the Eastern Region at EIS.
Critz is frequently talked about as a possible challenger to Rothfus in 2014.