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Associated Press, Published September 03 2010

Pomeroy booth raises questions

Democrats and Republicans are at odds over a booth at a North Dakota State University student club fair that depicted Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

The booth sponsored by NDSU College Republicans included a cutout of the congressman’s face with PVC pipe sticking out of his mouth. Students could pour red Kool-Aid into the pipe to represent the increase in government debt that the group said was caused by policies Pomeroy supported.

The North Dakota Federation of College Republicans said Thursday that Pomeroy’s campaign called the university and asked that the group take down the booth during Tuesday’s fair. But Pomeroy spokesman Brenden Timpe said the campaign only asked school officials to investigate after several Pomeroy supporters complained about the display.

“We asked what their policy is and asked them to check into it and make sure everything was OK. We didn’t ask them to take the stand down,” Timpe said. “They called us back and said they looked into it, and we said, ‘OK, the matter is closed.’ ”

Timpe said callers thought the booth was offensive. He said people reported that students were throwing things at the display, which a member of the Republican group denied.

“Nothing was thrown at all,” said Jeremy Douglas, chairman of the state College Republicans who was staffing the booth.

Douglas said the cutout was “professionally done up with wood” and his group paid $260 to build the display.

“We’re poor college students, and we actually paid a significant amount of money to get the game built and put together,” he said. “No place in Fargo has clear PVC pipe, so we had to rush and order it online and pay for shipping.”

Pomeroy is being challenged for his seat in Congress by Republican state lawmaker Rick Berg.


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