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Commentators Suggest Evan Bayh May Become A Health Industry Lobbyist

February 23, 2010 by  

Commentators suggest Evan Bayh may become a health industry lobbyist Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) announced last week that he will not seek re-election in November, and the media have been filled with speculations about his possible motives ever since.

Although Bayh officially stated that he was disillusioned with what he termed as a "dysfunctional" political system riddled with "brain-dead partisanship," and added that he had "no idea" what he would be doing next, many observers believe there may have been other reasons behind his decision.

In fact, the term "lobbyist" began appearing in post-announcement commentaries, as The Huffington Post pointed out that based on figures from the progressive watchdog group Public Citizen, a total of 43 percent of Congress members who retired between 1998 and 2004 registered as lobbyists.

One news website, called The Seminal, drew a link between the senator’s announcement and the decision of Billy Tauzin, the former Louisiana congressman who is the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry’s lobby group, to retire at the end of June.

The news provider stressed that until Tauzin’s announcement, Bayh’s campaign team and Capitol Hill staff apparently believed he was still on course to run for re-election.

Whatever he ends up doing next, Bayh—who prior to becoming senator in 1999, served as the 46th governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997—has reportedly ruled out running for the White House in 2012.
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  • Norm

    “dysfunctional” political system riddled with “brain-dead partisanship,”

    He got that right, but why not stay and fight instead of selling out to the highest bidder.

    • Harold Olsen

      Why not stay and fight? Well, the word “coward” comes to mind.

      • Claire

        Lobbyist??? Oh, great. Another one.

  • Warrior

    Looks like we’ll have a flood of new lobbyist by years end. Yippie!

  • blackhat

    Who knows why he quit? And, really, who cares? If any politician wants to “quit” I say let ‘em. And, good riddance…Then, when voters go to the booth they can vote in the next generation of career politicians and when they “quit”, those new pols will receive a hefty comp package…wow…what a country…

    • Harold Olsen

      Yeah, I wish more of them would quit in both parties. It would save us the trouble of voting them out. I can’t think of a single member of either house of Congress, especially from my home state of Washington, whom I would vote for. It’s time for a clean sweep.

      • drfill

        You are 90% correct, but only 90%. There really are several good Congressmen, and a few good Senators. At the very top of the list is Ron Paul. It would be very foolish to vote him out. So please don’t make your sweep a completely clean sweep.

        • Claire

          drfill–did you see Ron Paul on MSNBC early this morning? It was a good interview.

          • Joe H.

            Claire,
            I have to admit I missed it. I seldom watch msnbc as I get tired of their type of koolaide!!! Hopefully Fox will show it or msnbc will repeat it at a time I’m watching!!!!

  • Raggs

    So all of the Dem’s even after November when they are thrown under the bus will still be on the obamacare bandwagon. Something is seriously wrong with this country!

    • Harold Olsen

      What’s wrong with this country are the voters and the people they vote into office.

  • Raggs

    I bet he moves over to a special interest group like ACORN.
    Or maybe he will team up with Van jones or Al gore.
    My point being when we see them “Quit”… It isn’t the last we will see of them they will fly under the public radar and ram the radical marxist left agenda’s

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    Maybe, but this Progressive plans to re-enter the political arena as soon as the dust settles down form the TAX and SPEND MARXIST regime now in office, probably still planning to stay there too!

  • s c

    If Congress had any integrity (it doesn’t), they would see to it that new lobbyists had to start their new duties with an automatic cap on their salary [$10,000 per year, minimum wage, etc.]. In the case of Bayh, he’s probably taking an undeserved retirement with him, he’s probably become a millionaire while in DC, and he intends to get rich – again – at our expense.
    How are such people entitled to go from Congress to country club jobs and pretend their ‘talents’ are innocent and that they would never “take advantage” of an unsuspecting public?
    Let those yahoos have to wait for at least 5 years before they can become a lobbyist. And if they took even one cent from those firms (campaign donations or ‘gifts’), then they are automatically barred from taking the job. Just because someone managed to get elected doesn’t mean they’re entitled to hose America whenever it’s convenient.

  • Robert

    I would prefer that all politicians leave office and train for suicide bombing in Iran.

  • Robert

    And they should go through a test run first while they are there.

  • Chris O

    I say 1 down 1 to go, Mr Lugar is next!!! I’m from Indiana, I write these 2 idiots regulary!! they always respond with lip service about the issues I’m directing there attention to, i gave up writing them about 2 months ago, I wanted them to support Ron Pauls bill to audit the Fed. Mr. Bahy replied that he was a conseritave ” FISCAL” senator, but no mention of Rons Bill!!! He voted for the health care bill, he voted to raise the goverment limit on spending for 2010. My last letter i stated that i was looking forward to the elections, That he would no longer be needed here in Indiana, to plan his retirement!!! Mr. Lugar is even worst than Evan Bahy, our so called conservitve Republican, is pathetic. he would not even address the deficit problem going on, or Ron Pauls bill. Just thanked me for writing him & appreciated the support? I also wrote him to support the bill that was in the Senate last year, that made my gun permit reconized in all 50 states just like my drivers license, he was 1 of 2 Republicans that voted against the bill!!! The bill missed passing the senate by 2 votes!!! The NRA has been trying for 20 years to get this bill passed, but no we are felons, whe we cross state lines, that dont reconize our permits.

  • http://tmqblog.com Lance

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Evan Bayh. I’m a conservative, but I’ve known him for years (as well as Mike Pence). Most of Bayh’s aides when governor were fraternity brothers of mine. I knew Evan and Mike long before they entered politics. Evan has always struck me as a center right conservative in Dem clothing. I’ve always said that he probably would have joined the Republican Party in Indiana if they hadn’t been so corrupt. Time will tell what he’s up to. As for Mike Pence, he needs to stop posturing, get tough, and take a shot at the presidency.

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