Corker won’t be a lobbyist; otherwise ‘no idea’ of post-Senate future

In a nationally televised interview Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he doesn’t know what he’ll do once after leaving Congress in January, but the Times Free Press notes he also declared there’s one thing his future won’t include: Following the well-worn Washington path from lawmaker to hired-gun lobbyist.

“I have no idea,” the former Chattanooga mayor said about his future during a wide-ranging interview Sunday with CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.

“You know,” Corker said, “there’s a little anxiety. I’ve been working since I was 13. I know I’m going to do something else.”

Corker said he expects after leaving office he will “continue to play a constructive role, got a lot of energy and I want to figure out a way to make a difference in another sphere.”

Brennan asked, “We won’t see you around here anymore?” And Corker seemingly agreed.

“You won’t see me around here. I don’t think I’ll be up here. You certainly won’t see me doing any kind of government relations work or anything like that. But, you know, we’ll see what happens,” he said.

See also a CBS News report that includes this comment from the senator on his decision against seeking reelection:

“It used to be in our country that people cherished the fact that people would run for two terms and leave. Right? It was interesting that when I announced that I was gonna actually do what I said I was gonna do while I campaigned, I got no credit for it,” he said.

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