July 28, 2010
By Bennett Roth
Roll Call Staff
Lawmakers and K Streeters turned out at downtown Greek eatery Kellari Taverna Monday evening to fete Democratic lobbyist Mike Manatos’ 20 years working at Manatos & Manatos.
Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) all showed up, as did former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) and his son Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). Several top Capitol Hill aides also joined in the festivities, including John Richter, chief of staff to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine); Julia Frifield, chief of staff to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); and McMahon chief of staff and former lobbyist Chris McCannell.
The Manatos family’s Washington, D.C., ties run deep. Mike Manatos’ grandfather was the Senate liaison to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. His father was President Jimmy Carter’s assistant secretary of Commerce for legislation before starting the family’s lobby shop with his father in 1983.
The firm still represents several clients, including Ameresco, Cubicorp, the Pancyprian Association of America and Lafayette Federal Credit Union, according to lobbying disclosure reports.