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Senate Climate Staffer Abruptly Moves to EPA

By Juliet Eilperin
In a sign of upheaval in the climate arena on Capitol Hill, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staffer Joseph Goffman abruptly left his post Friday as senior counsel for global warming and air issues and is headed to work at the EPA.

Goffman had been one of the key aides drafting the newly-introduced climate bill authored by Democratic Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (Calif.), but had been sidelined from working on it in recent weeks, according to several sources who asked not to be identified because discussing a personnel matter. Before joining the panel a year ago to work on climate issues, he served as legislative director for Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.).

Goffman, who could not be reached for comment Monday, will start work as senior counsel in the office of air and radiation, according to EPA spokeswoman Adora Andy. Peter Rafle, spokesman for the Environment and Public Works Committee, declined to comment on the matter.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 5, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
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The fact he worked for Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman should've been a warning sign that he was a klutz.

Posted by: ATLGuy | October 5, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

He leaves the Senate staff for the EPA...guess they must cover their own, as it were. I would venture to guess Mr. Goffman, having worked for Lieberman, would be much less progressive than either Senators Kerry or Boxer and more prone to side with the corporate interests on the topic of Climate Change/Global Warming, which will serve him well in the EPA.

Posted by: politico5 | October 5, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

He should consider himself lucky that he got away from this bill authored by two of the WORST senators in CONGRESS, GIGOLO JOHN and BARNEY BOXER

Posted by: otisplumber | October 6, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

politico5, progressive, those two clowns have taken more envelops than any other.

Posted by: otisplumber | October 6, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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