Pamela Gorman: Up in smoke with big tobacco?

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.

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16 Responses to Pamela Gorman: Up in smoke with big tobacco?

  1. Maggie says:

    Cough, cough, wheeze, wheeze.
    Oh, what a cushy landing this ez.

  2. PV Voter says:

    Of course this is a less than conservative move. It’s Libertarian. Where I got confused was in thinking Ms. Gorman ran as a Republican. I voted for her in that crowded field. She had the best legs…er…I mean platform.

  3. Another LD11 PC says:

    In the 90s RJR used to give out cartons of cigarettes to their employees who worked in their HQ buildings in NY and W/S.

    Nice retro photo! Even kind of looks like Pam. :)

    • Night Owl says:

      In her dreams.
      There is a w-i-d-e, impossible to confuse, breech between Pamela and the fabulous Paulina. Pamela is decent looking, especially after losing weight, getting contacts and streaking her hair with blonde. Paulina is drop-dead gorgeous. End of story.

  4. Capitol Watcher says:

    Pamela wants to be the belle of the ball. Here in Phoenix she was reduced to being a former state senator and a former congressional candidate. She left her sure thing senate gig for a maybe congressional one and lost the bet. In North Carolina, she’ll have a whole new group of people to try to dazzle. When that’s over, she’ll throw darts at the map again. She probably has another 5-7 years to milk her looks, so she’s got to hustle. Wish her well.

  5. Casper says:

    If she returns to visit, listen for the southern drawl. She’ll pick it up in a nanosecond. But don’t hold your breath. Her MO is when it’s over, it’s over.

  6. American Dad says:

    How about, “You’ve sunken a long way, Baby?” Yes, smoking is legal, but would you want your kids to do it? Ditto porn. There’s your answer.

  7. Capt. Marvel says:

    Somehow I doubt the Virginia Slims model Paulina Porizkova (?) could still look that good if she’s been dragging on those coffin nails all these years.

  8. Teller Of Truth says:

    Gorman is gone but forgotten. Wait!! Is a word missing there? Hmm-m. Guess not.

  9. Ricky Lujan says:

    Larry Gorman, Pam’s ex-husband and former temporary LD6 Chairman, got a loud rebuke when he used his elected office to loudly endorse Pam for the CD-3 race. Sure didn’t see that one coming!

    • LD 7 PC says:

      Maybe he was still smitten? But by then the word was that she was already spending a great deal of time in that toddlin’ town of Chicago.

  10. Overtaxed1 says:

    She will not be missed. I hope those in NC can see right through her. A lot of us were not fooled by her and she will not be missed. She certainly put herself on a pedestal.

  11. LD 10 PC says:

    When she was representing LD 6, Gorman was known for arriving at the meetings late and leaving early. She primped and preened, tossing her hair around and then scooting out the door. The PCs were not her cup of tea, since she considered herself above the lowly crowd. I’m from a neighboring district, but stopped by occasionally and saw her in action for myself.

  12. SuzanneC says:

    MEEEEOOOOWWWWWWWWW, Pamela is very pretty that alone makes her a target. With all our problems you all are here bitching about someone who does not even live here anylonger? My Lord you are pathetic. Lets all get together and keep electing the John McCains and the Jeff Flakes and talking about Pam Gorman.

    • Frankly Speaking says:

      Pretty is as pretty does. No meows are needed here, SuzanneC. Pamela earned every ounce of her derision.

      BTW, What are YOU doing to find a good conservative to run against Flake? If he runs unapposed, you’ll see the emergence of something far worse than you can possibly imagine.

  13. LD 6 PC says:

    Pamela “I’m so irrelevant I need to announce I’m moving” Gorman is leaving the state?? Yawn. I think we’ll all remember her for uh, uh, uh…crickets.