When Sam Smith, the outgoing speaker of the House, was asked Monday how he would advise Tom Wolf on working with the House, he paused.
"Well... I don't know, because first of January that question might be worth a whole lot of money to me," he said, provoking laughs from the lobbyists and reporters and Capitol staff who attend luncheons of the Pennsylvania Press Club.
But he responded anyway, saying the key is to hire good people to deal with the General Assembly.
"That is the most important thing that an incoming governor can do to give them a chance to be successful at governing, and perhaps successful at their agenda," he said. "They need to start with good people in those top positions around the governor that can talk to the legislative leaders."
With that nugget given away for free, what does Smith plan to do once his quarter-century in the House is done?
"At this moment, I can candidly say I have not ruled anything out," he said. "I really want to wake up, figuratively speaking, the first of January and say, OK, what's out there that you might be able to do that you might enjoy, or that would be productive and helpful in some way?"
"I really have made no commitments, in a long-term sense, and I'm kind of basking in that uncertainty of what lies ahead for me in 2015."