Endangered House Democrat Earl Pomeroy: ‘I Know I’ve Disappointed You’

Oct 26, 2010 6:42pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

Here’s a tactic that one of the most at-risk House Democrats — North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy — is hoping will resonate with voters: just apologize.

“I know I’ve disappointed you with a vote here or there,” Pomeroy says in the spot. “But you can always count on the fact that I do what I do for the right reason.”

One of the votes he is referring to would surely be the one he cast in favor of the Obama administration-backed health care reform bill.

One of the vote he is referring to would surely be the one he cast in favor of the Obama administration-backed health care reform bill.

And just in case there was any confusion the moderate member of the House Blue Dog coalition sets the record straight in the opener of the one minute spot.

“I’m not Nancy Pelosi, I’m not Barack Obama,” he says. “My opponent says I’ve gone Washington. Well, I have traveled — home to North Dakota every weekend and eight times to Afghanistan and Iraq for briefings and to support our troops.”

 

Pomeroy has employed something of an unorthodox advertising strategy in his race against Republican challenger state Rep. Rick Berg. In one ad Pomeroy defended his vote on the health bill, accusing his opponent of “listening to big insurance not to us.”

But in another commercial Pomeroy actually plays up his association with George W. Bush. “When George Bush proposed a Medicare prescription drug plan, Earl Pomeroy voted ‘yes,’ putting seniors before party,” the ad’s narrator says.

In his latest spot, which comes exactly a week before Election Day, Pomeroy tells North Dakota voters that he feels their pain.

“I know you’re angry with Washington,” Pomeroy says, “but we’ll all be angrier next year if they kill the farm bill, privatize social security or take away that prescription drug benefit.”

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