Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMOX) – He followed his father into politics, and now former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has officially followed his step-mother’s lead and become a registered lobbyist.

Up until now, Blunt says he wasn’t spending the required 20 percent of his time advocating in the federal arena, but the President of the American Automotive Policy Council tells USA Today he registered recently “out of an abundance of caution.”

Blunt, who according to the group’s tax returns was paid $693,000 in 2012, is earning high praise for his work, including from Liberal Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. One Ford lobbyist calls his hiring a “home run.”

But some say the son of a sitting U.S. Senator should not be in that position.

There was controversy when his step-mother married now-senator Roy Blunt while working as a lobbyist for Kraft Foods, and some are questioning whether Matt should be lobbying now with his father in the Senate.

But father and son both say they never talk about the council’s legislative agenda “under any circumstances.”

Matt Blunt now lives in Virginia with his wife Melanie and their 9- and 4-year-old sons.

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