Why Is a Washington State Senator Lobbying for Cambodia?

Ericksen argues that the United States should forge closer ties with Cambodia. Critics cringe at a legislator lobbying for a foreign government.

In the humid month of July, 50-year-old Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen checked into the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, a luxury hotel in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, just a 15-minute walk from the edge of the Tonle Sap River.

His business partner, the 53-year-old lawyer and Republican Party politician Jay Rodne, was with him. The men spent a little over $900 each for their stay in the nearly 100-year-old building replete with swimming pools and private garden courtyards.

Despite the hotel spa and tropical surroundings, this wasn’t a summer holiday for the two longtime political operatives.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2019/12/why-is-a-washington-state-senator-lobbying-for-cambodia/

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