What's in a Name?

"The names have been changed to protect the revolving door." You could say that. It's hard to say for sure, but it seems a little fishy. Think Progress reports on a former Goldman Sachs Vice President who changed his name shortly before going on to become a top staffer to House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (D-Calif.).

From the Think Progress piece: "Haller, as he is now known, went by the name Peter Simonyi until three years ago. Simonyi adopted his mother’s maiden name Haller in 2008 just as he was leaving Goldman Sachs as a vice president of the bank’s commodity compliance group. In a few short years, Haller went from being in charge of dealing with regulators for Goldman Sachs to working for Congress in a position where he made official demands from regulators overseeing his old firm."

Hmmm...interesting. Perhaps Haller is just easier to pronounce. Maybe the shame of working for a Wall Street firm that helped nearly bring down our entire economy was just too much. Or maybe "Mr. Haller" wanted to avoid a potential headache for him and his boss over the lobbyist/congressional staffer revolving door.

Not long after Haller went to work for the oversight committee, Issa sent a letter to government regulators essentially telling them to back off some new Wall Street regulations. And Rep. Issa and his PAC have recieved huge amounts of Wall Street cash. Coincidence?

The revolving door on Capitol Hill is well-chronicled. But we might just have to come with a new name for this kind.

UPDATE: Haller claims to have changed his name for another reason, but his close Wall Street ties and the actions of the committee after his arrival cannot be overlooked.