Listening to the Scott Hennen show today, one caller bemoaned how politicians go into public service and leave rich. The topic of the segment was Senator Byron Dorgan’s retirement, and Hennen said that he did respect Dorgan’s commitment to public service and the sacrifices he made for it.
I’m not sure how many sacrifices these guys are really making. For the purposes of claiming to be citizens of North Dakota, Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan each have an apartment in a complex in Bismarck they claim as their home. In reality, they live in mansions on the east coast.
Senator Kent Conrad’s $3.1 million beach house financed by a VIP loan was revealed, to raised eyebrows here in North Dakota, during the Countrywide scandal.
Agree or disagree with Byron Dorgan’s politics, public service has been very good for him. That and his wife’s lobbying activities for the life insurance industry which, I’m sure, has nothing to do with the fact that she shares pillow talk with a US Senator.