Brent Budowsky is a columnist for The Hill newspaper. He was an aide to the House Democratic leadership, as legislative director for Rep. Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives, and was an aide to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). He is often a guest analyst on cable television and talk radio, and has worked as a consultant for companies in business and entertainment, including the agency that represented Frank Sinatra. He can be reached at