Ray LaHood releases new book “Seeking Bipartisanship”The Honorable Ray LaHood
(WLDS) – Former Jacksonville Congressman Ray LaHood discusses his time in Washington and the direction of national politics in his new book “Seeking Bipartisanship”.
LaHood nearly became Speaker of the House, but the gavel went to now disgraced former Illinois Congressman Dennis Hastert. LaHood also considered moving his political career from Washington to Springfield.
“I thought about it very seriously, traveled around the state and actually raised a little money. Then I had a very serious conversation with Judy Baar Topinka. We decided that she would be the best candidate and I decided not to run,” says LaHood.
LaHood says bipartisanship is a lost art and believes a recent development in politics has played a significant role.
LaHood also says President Obama broke away from bipartisanship in his first term. Among the other highlights, LaHood looks back at a key moment in history, as he presided over President Clinton’s impeachment debate.
The book is available through Cambria Press.