Earl Pomeroy Gets His Payoff For Obamacare Vote

Any honest observer of the 2010 election cycle knows that what cost former Rep. Earl Pomeroy his seat in the House was his vote for Obamacare, but a lot of North Dakotans have wondered why Pomeroy would vote that way despite clear indications from his constituents that they wanted a “no” vote.

The press release below from Pomeroy’s new employer, the Alston & Bird law firm, probably answers that question.

Keep in mind that before the 2010 election cycle even started Pomeroy was offered a gold parachute out of the House by the life insurance industry. Pomeroy ultimately didn’t opt for it, and one wonders if he wasn’t promised this job at Alston, which lobbies for government health care, as a safety net for his Obamacare vote.

If he won re-election he could stay in the House. If he lost, he had this cushy lobbying job waiting for him.

I’d say that’s a likely scenario, and it’s a little ironic that Pomeroy is taking this after spending almost a year campaigning as a down-home boy from North Dakota. The minute he loses re-election he sets up shop in Washington DC.

A surprise to, well, pretty much nobody.


Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • ec99

    I saw Earl yesterday at the GF Best Buy. He looks awful without makeup.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    Can’t wait to see the payoffs for Lame Duck Bull Squirt

  • Dakota

    So where does it say lobbying? It says public policy work but that doesn’t mean lobbying.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Only because there’s a cooling off period before he can actually call himself a lobbyist, but come on. Let’s not be naive.

      • Dakota

        so he won’t be lobbying as I said. Public policy work is very different from lobbying, but you have your teabagger meme going here so have at it.

        • Dakotabound

          I thought Earl loved North Dakota.

        • FlameCCT

          Let us take a look.

          1. Hired by the self proclaimed “…one of the largest and deepest health and insurance policy practices in Washington…”
          2. They discuss his positions and influence in the House.
          3. They “influence”, aka lobby, for policy practices in the health and insurance arenas, plus others.
          4. They cannot call Pomeroy nor his chief of staff, lobbyists due to federal restrictions on out-going federal employees.

          Ok, public policy work is very different than lobbying just as ObamaCare is very different than government controlled health care. IOW, no practical differentiation just semantics.

  • Jett

    Qute “Our clients will be well served…” Go figure. Earl’s been serving them for years.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Hell, he didn’t waste all those years in Washington for his constituents…..

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Will he hire Tony Bender to ghost write a book so all the people Earl did political favors for over the years can buy truckloads of them?

    • Dakota

      Jealous much?

      • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

        I’m not the one who was voted out of office like my baby brother was, too. Failure must be a Pomeroy family trait. It serves them right for voting against the will of normal people!

  • jimmypop

    as is said in the other thread…… like comb over and countrywide…..hes not been from north dakota for years.

    this new job means hes just staying home. as we all knew he would.

  • $8194357

    Good connections to be made in the ‘public service’ industry, no?

  • Buggerall

    Dakota forgot to take his meds this morning. Call it whatever you want but it still boils down to lobbying.

  • Heather

    Absolutely disgusting. We vote him out for the destruction he has caused our State and Nation and he refuses to leave. Conrad will be doing the same, hopefully the Countrywide investigation will expose him enough to limit his lobbying prospects.