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.