Monday, November 03, 2008

Stars of Elections Past

This article looked at some past elections stars, who have now fallen off the public’s radar, but are still around in the political world.
Dan Quayle
The Vice President we all loved to laugh at (can you spell potato?):
Quayle currently is a top executive at the investment firm Cerberus, where he is Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments, responsible for a multi-billion dollar portfolio. Current financial crisis aside, we're tempted to say that these days, Quayle is the one laughing (all the way to the bank) -- he has amassed a track record of success at the firm, leveraging his network of contacts to spearhead deals around the world.

Katherine Harris:
The Florida Secretary of State who presided over the recount actually stayed in politics as well, going on to serve in the US House from 2003 to 2007.

Ross Perot:
Perot managed to get 19% of the vote in 1992 as a 3rd party candidate and this year launched a website, Perot Charts, which tracks governmental fiscal irresponsibility.

Bob Dole:
Dole ran for President against Clinton in 1996 [I can actually say I really remember this election night as I was in DC that year on election day – do you know how HARD it is to find an Anchorage paper (to find out who won our local elections as this was before internet was easily accessible everywhere…shocking to think about now, isn’t it?) in DC? Should it be that hard in the nation’s capital?] Dole is actively involved with the Dole Institute for Politics at the University of Kansas as well as helping his wife (remember Elizabeth Dole as well?) run for reelection as a Senator from North Carolina. This year he also wrote to Russ Limbaugh asking him to ease up on McCain.

Geraldine Ferraro:
She was the first woman to run for VP when she ran with Walter Mondale in 1984. She served as an ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights during the Clinton years. She served as an advisor to Hillary Clinton for awhile during her bid for the Presidency. She appeared with George H.W. Bush on the Today Show to analyze the issues the facing Palin.

So just a quick catch up from our old election friends!

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