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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/23/2012

John Ensign, Bob Bennett, dogs, cats and K Street

Former senator Bob Bennett of Utah (Steve C Wilson - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
It’s never easy to figure out what to do after leaving a fine job on the Hill. Some lawmakers, like disgraced former senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), who resigned last year over a long-standing affair he had with a staffer who was married to a close friend and top aide, return to their early professions.

In Ensign’s case, as CNN’s Dana Bash reported in a must-see video, he’s back in Nevada, working once again as a veterinarian, ministering to dogs and cats.

Many others seem to find their way back to Washington and over to K Street. For example, former Utah senator Bob Bennett, who left Congress last year after losing the GOP nomination to a tea party-backed candidate, is now working as a “senior policy adviser” at local law firm Arent Fox.

He has also formed The Bennett Group, a lobbying and consulting outfit specializing in energy, health care and tech issues.

Under a 2007 ethics law he co-sponsored, Bennett is barred from actually lobbying Congress for two years. But in the meantime, he can, as so many do, “strategerize.” And the law doesn’t prohibit him from lobbying the administration.

He’s been looking for clients, according to an e-mail invitation we got earlier this month from the Utah Association of Counties.

The invite was directed to commissioners from “energy producing counties and counties where the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests are situated.”

“Former Sen. Bob Bennett recently approached” two association staffers “offering to perform congressional executive branch lobbying services in Washington, D.C.,” the e-mail said.

Bennett “believes his lobbying services would be beneficial” in “increasing energy production on Utah public lands” and “reversing multiple road closures in Dixie and Fishlake National Forests.”

Bennett would be “willing to explain the details and answer questions at the State Capitol” on Feb. 2, the e-mail said.

Alas, we couldn’t make it.

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