Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) didn't sound at all like someone seriously itching to get back into electoral politics late last week. But in North Dakota, there may be no need to rush.
"I am not excluding anything nor am I focusing on politics right now," Pomeroy told the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. "North Dakota's first in my thoughts and loyalties but I'm focusing on getting my new career established." Pomeroy joined law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird In January. The state Democratic Party chair had recently floated Pomeroy's name as a possible gubernatorial candidate.
Very little is settled in the Senate and gubernatorial races, and it could be beneficial for Pomeroy to wait and see how things shape up, if he has any interest in running for office again. If Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) decides not to run for reelection, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley (R) could make a bid.
In the Senate race, some Republicans continue to have freshman Rep. Rick Berg (R) on the top of their wish list. He's just starting out in Washington and hasn't given any indication he wants to be in the Senate now, but if he does end up running, his House seat could attract some of the names mulling the other statewide races.
Pomeroy is not far removed from his 2010 loss to Berg that is still fresh in the minds of voters. And working for a law and lobbying firm isn't exactly an ideal resume line for him (even though he can't lobby Congress for a full year since the time he left the House). But given the lack of an overwhelming Democratic bench in the state and the current fluid nature of politics in North Dakota, it would not be entirely surprising to see Pomeroy's name in the mix some time down the road.
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