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Stan Stein, Published July 10 2010

Pomeroy owes voters answers

The news that Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., is under investigation for ethics violations troubles me. But what is even more troubling is that Pomeroy has accepted more than $9.4 million in special-interest money and the fact that the breakfast fundraiser in question was held less than 24 hours before an amendment was pulled from the financial reform bill.

When asked, he didn’t fully refute the allegations; instead, he sent out a spokesman armed with a feeble response: “They’re gathering the facts. …” In my opinion that just doesn’t cut it.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has said that there is “reasonable cause to believe the allegations.” And now they have extended the investigation another 30 days. If Pomeroy has really done nothing wrong, then he needs to hold a news conference and answer any and all questions in regard to this matter, or even better, offer a public forum. He owes the people of North Dakota that.

But public forums when there are serious questions at stake are not his strong suit. Pomeroy was raking in special-interest money when he should have been holding public forums on health care. Apparently Pomeroy only has time for breakfast fundraisers with special- interest groups, not morning news conferences with reporters or afternoon lunches with voters who want the truth.