Pamela Gorman, a onetime Arizona legislator and congressional candidate has announced that she has moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will no longer serve “as the Sarah Palin of Arizona.”
For anyone else, that might be a tongue-in-cheek adios, but her follow-up declares “it will be nice to return to the private sector and no longer have a bull’s-eye on [her] back,” giving it the air of dramatic authenticity.
Gorman failed to respond to several inquiries on her Facebook page as to where she was going to be working. But her former colleague and campaign consultant Chris Baker is rumored to have done consulting work for RJ Reynolds tobacco — coincidently located right there in Winston-Salem, NC. Connecting the dots, David Parker, VP of RJ Reynolds, donated $1,000 to Pamela Gorman for Congress in 2010.
Is conservative Pamela Gorman going to do PR work for big tobacco? That might explain her reluctance to respond to those friends wondering where she was settling in. Brian Fojtik, a Chicago lobbyist and consultant with ties to Gorman is also on her Facebook page. Fojtik donated $2400 to her congressional race. His key client? US Tobacco Public Affairs. Here Fojtik gives the lengthy and enthusiastic endorsement on her campaign page.
The numerous dots all connect Big Tobacco to the self-described “Sarah Palin of Arizona” — Pamela Gorman. Somehow this move doesn’t strike us as all that conservative.