This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.
John Pitts has a provision in his lobby contracts that tells his clients they are hiring him to lobby everyone at the Texas Capitol — except for the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
That’s his twin brother, Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie.
“When I have a wet umbrella in my hand at the Capitol, I don’t leave it in his office,” the lobbyist said. In his estimation, the appearance of a conflict wouldn’t do either one of them any good.