The speaker forms a PAC

Incoming Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick this week formed a leadership PAC, meaning lobbyists better amplify their budgets.

The Western Leadership PAC was filed Tuesday by longtime Democratic Party lawyer Bradley Schrager. The stated purpose: "To promote and encourage legislative leadership."


The only officer listed is Erin Smith, who was an aide to the last female speaker, Barbara Buckley. She is the daughter of state Sen. Debbie Smith.

Erin Smith, who later confirmed she will be the incoming speaker's chief of staff, told me the PAC is a leadership vehicle for Kirkpatrick.

Smart move.