A politician who has been working as a pundit at CNN remains employed by the cable channel while he is working to get Obamacare repealed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, has been working for the passage of the Graham-Cassidy bill that would overturn Obamacare.
Politico reported Thursday: “Santorum and [Sen. Bill] Cassidy worked on the policy in the Graham-Cassidy bill. Graham played the salesman, courting the White House and GOP governors — and complained jokingly but often about getting bogged down in policy minutiae.”
THR adds: “The Graham-Cassidy effort began this summer, and the bill has been gaining momentum in recent days. All the while, Santorum has maintained his position at the network, a somewhat unusual development considering that ex-politicos are generally forced to leave their contributor gigs when they get back in the game.”
THR quotes a spokeswoman for CNN, asked about Santorum’s involvement in active legislation, saying: “We mention his role in the Graham/Cassidy bill during his appearances.”
THR adds: “A CNN source said Santorum is not the only contributor to be politically active, though his involvement goes beyond partisan strategy to actual legislative activity.”