WASHINGTON - According to Capitol Hill sources, Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) came to the painful realization this week that agribusiness lobbyist Stephen Fischer, who had been kind and generous toward him for months and had often met up with him for drinks after work, was not, in fact, his friend.
“Steve used to call all the time to catch up and ask about my family and chat about the genetically modified feedstock industry, but now, nothing,” said Schilling, who admitted he was still struggling to accept that all their “good times” together at Washington steak houses and nightclubs had not been part of a sincere friendship. “He was such a likable guy—sociable, funny, and he always somehow managed to find great seats to sold-out concerts.”
“I thought we were really tight,” Schilling added. … ”I really put a lot on the line for Steve, but as soon as the legislation passed, he stopped calling. It’s like he forgot I ever existed.”
In the weeks since, Fischer reportedly claimed to be too busy to go out with the congressman and eventually stopped answering Schilling’s calls altogether. Once he suspected manipulative behavior on Fischer’s part, Schilling said he grew despondent, saddened that what he believed had been a promising friendship had vanished so suddenly and left him with nothing but a few boxes of ultra-premium cigars and $47,000 in campaign contributions.