Pomeroy looking for a golden parachute into the insurance industry?

posted at 4:00 pm on January 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The sudden retirement of Byron Dorgan from the Senate has people wondering whether North Dakota’s at-large Congressman, Earl Pomeroy, can survive what appears to be a very bad year for Democrats.  Pomeroy himself angrily scolded the Democratic leadership in Congress last week for dragging out the ObamaCare mess so long that he may as well have just retired.  Now it looks as though Pomeroy may have planned a golden parachute out of his seat:

“Several high-profile Democrats, including North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy and former Sen. Bob Kerrey (Neb.), are said to be in the running to fill former Oklahoma Republican Gov. Frank Keating’s post as CEO and president of the American Council of Life Insurers,” Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Rob Port at the Dakotas blog Say Anything says that Pomeroy previously denied doing this very thing:

The national life insurance industry, long big-money contributors to Earl Pomeroy’s campaigns, quickly dusted off a job for him but Rep. Pomeroy denied seeking it. …

Note that it isn’t ACLI courting Pomeroy.  It’s Pomeroy actively running to be CEO of ACLI.

So is Rep. Pomeroy staying in the House race?  And did he like to North Dakotans about seeking this job?  Is he waiting to see whether or not he gets the job before he decides to continue his campaign?

And guess who also works at ACLI?  Kim Dorgan — the wife of the retiring Senator.  My, my … isn’t that cozy?  North Dakota politics is often called insular, but this looks like a political version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

Democrats Dorgan and Pomeroy have represented North Dakota in the Senate and House since the 1980s [Update: Pomeroy was first elected in 1993 — my apologies for the error].  It looks like change is coming to the red state of North Dakota, and both men are doing their best to seek shelter from the storm.


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They do this stuff all the time in Nawlins.

percysunshine on January 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Wow, that is really industrial strength sleaze if true.

And ACLI is going to have a member revolt on its hands if it does this.

rockmom on January 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM

scumbag

myrenovations on January 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I would like to see ND only as a pure red state, but dishing out some black gold, texas tea!

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I don’t think they intended on being that “transparent”.

GarandFan on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

If the federal government does not let ND drill for its oil, does it seem like a simple platform that you as arep of ND will fight to drill for that oil and the state then can use proceeds from that oil to lower its citizens tax burden. Seems like a winner to me.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

*sigh*

Every day it get harder and harder (for me at least) not to want to see physical harm come to these people for their actions

Sugarbuzz on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Save room for Ben. He’s a comin’ but it’ll be a year or so.

a capella on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Wait, I thought it was the Republicans who were in bed with Big Insurance?

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM

I don’t think they intended on being that “transparent”.

GarandFan on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Zing!! You win the snark award for this thread. :)

jwolf on January 20, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Wait, I thought it was the Republicans who were in bed with Big Insurance?

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhh…or you too will be pushed to the sidewalk.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

This is Life Insurance. What is a big Life Insurance product? Annuities.

What does you ultra-Friendly government want you to do with you 401K/IRA?????

Annuities

These people are far from stupid.

The people who vote for them? well, draw your own conclusion

r keller on January 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Can’t wait for the left-wing reaction on this one…assuming even acknowledge it and don’t shove Pomeroy’s double-cross down the memory hole.

Dark-Star on January 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Looks like North Dakota democrats are taking lessons from North Carolina democrats. Example: NC Senate Pro Tempore (Marc Basnight) owns the company (Basnight Construction ) that was awarded a state contract to build a $25,000,000 fishing pier. *yawn* Nothing new in North Carolina politics.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Nothing new for Dakota Democrats. Senator Tom Daschle was trying to loosen FAA regulations while his wife worked for an airline.

Steve Z on January 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

assuming even acknowledge it and don’t shove Pomeroy’s double-cross down the memory hole.

Dark-Star on January 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Are you sure that’s the hole they were aiming for?

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Congratulations, Pomeroy, you win The Captain Louis Renault Award this week.

Thanks for playing.

tru2tx on January 20, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I’m guessing this isn’t unprecedented.

txag92 on January 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Must be nice to spend your time in public office pursuing another job at tax payers expense in the private sector.

fourdeucer on January 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Culture of corruption…not if they have a D after their name.

jukin on January 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Are you sure that’s the hole they were aiming for?

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Heh, I’ve seen sentiment expressed to the effect of wanting to insert the printed version of Obamacare into the *ahem* ‘backdoors’ of certain politicians.

Dark-Star on January 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Democrats Dorgan and Pomeroy have represented North Dakota in the Senate and House since the 1980s. It looks like change is coming to the red state of North Dakota, and both men are doing their best to seek shelter from the storm.

Anecdotal evidence that ObamaCare and other social agenda items are doomed. Why would those who support and vote to pass capitalism-killing legislation seek to be employed by the very industry they’re trying to kill?

Makes no sense. Unless the fix is in for a priviledged few, who will benefit mightily if the social agenda is sabotaged.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM

If the federal government does not let ND drill for its oil, does it seem like a simple platform that you as arep of ND will fight to drill for that oil and the state then can use proceeds from that oil to lower its citizens tax burden. Seems like a winner to me.

There is plenty of drilling going on there. Federal government is only involved when its on federal lands. The rest of the time it is a state gov issue.

firepilot on January 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM

They use the revolving door and we get the revolving shaft.

GnuBreed on January 20, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Term limits!

Johan Klaus on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I guess the insurance industry is evil until they start greasing your palm. Why is that?

ya2daup on January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Every day it get harder and harder (for me at least) not to want to see physical harm come to these people for their actions

Sugarbuzz on January 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

You are NOT alone!

mrpeabody on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

FRAUDS

AMERICAN VETERAN on January 20, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Gees, it never ends with these clowns.

whbates on January 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM

This cronyism is a “Serious” problem in the Obama White House.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Let me get this straight “All insurance companies are bad”, except “life insurance companies that employ ex-Dem politicians”. What next? Kind of reminds me of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.

Claimsratt on January 20, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Was this “Unexpected”?

barnone on January 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM