Why does the Biloxi mayor want to hire a lobbyist with ties to Thad Cochran and Trump?

Lobbyists are doing a brisk business in South Mississippi, with hundreds of millions in oil spill damages being divided up, and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants the city to be prepared.

Gilich will ask the Biloxi Council on Tuesday to hire Keith Heard, former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and president of Key Impact Strategies, to represent the city and go after federal and state funds for economic development.

Heard would be paid $10,000 a month plus some expenses for during the four-month contract, with renewal options for an additional four months.