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Conrad Not Headed to OMB

January 18, 2012

The short-lived speculation that Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., might take over for Jack Lew as head of the Office of Management and Budget has come to an end. The Fargo Forum:

Conrad said he couldn't reveal any specifics about what his future might hold, including whether that future lies in the public or private sector.

"I have no clue," he said, but added: "There've been rumors that I'd be head of OMB. Well, that's not going to happen."

Given that Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple would have the power to appoint a replacement if the retiring Democrat left office, the potential political cost of tapping Conrad made the possibility unlikely to begin with.

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