Coleman Joins Republican Jewish Coalition as Consultant

Posted January 22, 2009 at 11:00am

Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman, whose Senate re-election is up in the air amid a litigious recount battle, appears to have found temporary employment in the meantime.

The Republican Jewish Coalition announced Thursday that Coleman has joined the organization as a consultant and strategic adviser. According to a press release from the RJC, Coleman will advise the organization on policy matters and travel around the country to speak on the group’s behalf. The RJC also announced that Coleman will not be lobbying on behalf of the organization.

Democrat Al Franken leads Coleman by 225 votes in the recount, which Coleman will begin to contest in court on Jan. 26. The trial is expected to last for at least one month.

In an interview with Roll Call on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Coleman hinted at his new employment arrangement and said he needed to find another source of income for him and his family during the recount trial.

“I’m not part of the millionaire’s club in the Senate, so I’m going to be working with some organizations while this thing is pending,” he said.

Coleman, who has two kids in college, said that unlike staffers, he did not receive severance pay since his term ended on Jan. 2. Franken is independently wealthy and, according to his aides, can afford to live without income for the foreseeable future.

Democrats, however, were quick to note that the organization has paid for Coleman to go on seven trips during his single term in the Senate, according to records from the Secretary of the Senate.