By Paul Bedard Washington Whispers
Don't tell Tom Ingram, former head of the informal Senate chiefs of staff club, that bipartisanship won't sell. The ex-top aide to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander has formed an already busy consulting firm, First Group, with three other former chiefs of staff: Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's Bob Russell, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's Kyle Simmons, and Bernie Toon, who held the post for then-Sen. Joe Biden. The First Group's goal: bringing businesses or political foes to the table to cut a deal. "At the end of the day," says Ingram, "there aren't any one-sided solutions."