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While in Limbo, Coleman Lands Consulting Job

By Sarah Lovenheim

While Norm Coleman remains in a strange purgatory between senator and civilian, he's taking another job.

Norm Coleman
Norm Coleman, center, along with his attorney Tony Trimble, left, his wife Laurie and supporters as he announced he would sue to challenge the results of the Senate recount in Minnesota, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP/Dawn Villella)

The Minnesota Republican is still fighting in the courts to keep Democrat Al Franken from being declared the winner of the Nov. 4 Senate contest in the Gopher State. Just this morning, the Republican Jewish Coalition announced Coleman will become a consultant and strategic advisor under its wing.

The RJC, which boasts 40,000 members nationwide, pushes Jewish causes in Congress.

In a release, RJC said Coleman will serve as a traveling spokesperson for the committee, recruit new members and provide members policy advice on issues "affecting the organization and the Jewish community."

According to The Associated Press, Coleman has participated in RJC activities since he served as mayor of St. Paul in the early 1990s.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said of Coleman's decision, "We look forward to having the benefit of his experience and wise counsel to help the RJC plot its future course. We are confident that in a few months Senator Coleman will return to his seat in the Senate, but until that time, we are eager for him to travel across the country on our behalf and to be an important voice within the organization."

Coleman will not partake in any lobbying, according to the Coalition.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
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Subtext: Norm now desperately needs a salary because he's broke and in debt, and his refinanced house in Minnesota is no longer worth anywhere near what he owes on the mortgage. The Bush economic program that he supported really benefited him, didn't it?

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 22, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's kind of...inappropriate. At best.

Posted by: Rivery | January 22, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Obviously Norm has great confidence in the outcome of his pending court case.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 22, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The United Nation's Millennium Development Goals aim to cut world hunger in half by 2015 and eliminating it completely by 2025. An estimated $19 billion would eliminate malnutrition and starvation around the world. Our current defense budget is $522 billion, in comparison.

The BORGEN PROJECT ( provides lots of information about this issue.

Posted by: alenka | January 22, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Norm Coleman is under investigation by the FBI for his ties to businessman Nasser Kazeminy.

Norm Coleman LOST his Senate bid to Al Franken, who won and will be seated shortly.

ONLY a republican lobbying group would hire this walking liability as a spokesperson, er, lobbiest, er, slimeball!

The republicans hired a slimeball to obstruct middle east peace!

Posted by: onestring | January 22, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Slick Norm will do whatever, including allow his wife to post herself on the front page of the WP for acting employment (remember?), now while trying to delay Franken's appointment to the Senate he just happens to want to take on a traveling spokesperson job to help the organization--BS--aside from being a "lapdog" for W, slick Norm has done very little for anyone but himself. Oh, by the way Norm, about that Senate's best you not go back to DC, go back home to NY Norm!!

Posted by: jpm001 | January 23, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Let's not forget Norm's close ties with another criminal, former House member, Tom Delay, who Norm went on C-Span to support when the House wanted him out!! I'm sure crooked ol' Uncle Tom, and his criminal buddy Jack Abramhoff, still have some $$ to lend Norm.

Posted by: jpm001 | January 23, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, the RJC got about what they deserve in Norm Coleman.

By the way: what's the difference between a "consultant" and a "lobbyist" ? Your column should've made that clear. Reminds us of an old joke: "them that can, lobby; them that can't, consult."

We daresay Mr. Coleman's next incarnation, once Al Franken has been seated in the US Senate, will be as a lobbyist for RJC. Which is right up his alley, because he's been a hack for all of the extremist right-wing views (as well as a typical right-wing hypocrite) for years! And there is NO difference between "lobbyist" and "hack."

Posted by: danjanbee | January 24, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Minnesota got rid of Coleman, now if we in California can get rid of Feinstein and replace her with a real Democrat, and not a "blue dog (worse than a Republican)," we liberals should be sitting pretty. Get rid of blue dogs!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | January 26, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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