The Viejas Indian band has hired former Congressman Brian Bilbray to lobby on its behalf and offer advice on tribal support of political candidates and issues. Bilbray, a Republican who was unseated by Democrat Susan Davis in November, will earn about $85,000 under a one-year contract, Tribal Chairman Steven TeSam said. As Viejas director of political affairs, Bilbray will work about 50 hours to 60 hours a month, TeSam said. His job will be to "enhance the political awareness and influence of Viejas'' at the local, state and national levels, the contract states. Leaders of the tribe, which operates a casino in eastern San Diego County, decided to hire Bilbray because of his knowledge of issues affecting tribes and his access to policy-makers at all levels, TeSam said. "I think it's going to be a very good fit. He has the contacts.''
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