Barbour Griffith & Rogers, one of the city's most prominent all-Republican firms, has formally announced plans to go bipartisan, a move firm leaders have been hinting at for months. The firm is also formally changing its name to BGR Holding LLC, effective immediately.
Loren Monroe, the firm's chief operating officer, says the firm has long subcontracted and partnered with Democratic-leaning firms, but "we don’t have 100 percent control over the quality of the work that others do, and in many ways, if we have the right people here, we think we could do as good or better a job as other people do."
The firm hasn't ruled out a "strategic alliance" with Democrats or a Democratic firm, but would prefer to hire lobbyists, Monroe says. He wouldn't rule out a merger, saying all options remain on the table. "We’ve been having lots of conversations" with Democrats for the past six months, Monroe says, and the announcement represents a public commitment to bipartisanship by the firm.
BGR is the latest Republican firm to announce plans to go bipartisan, following in the footsteps of Ogilvy Government Relations and, more recently, the Livingston Group.