Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Former Hillary Clinton surrogate, Sen. Evan Bayh, is frequently rumored to be on Barack Obama’s short list for vice president.
The milquetoast Indiana senator was never my top choice for Obama. So the news that Bayh looks to be embroiled in a potential conflicts-of-interest from his wife’s work on seven corporate boards that paid her more than $837,000 last year rendering him unvettable, doesn’t bother me in the least.
According to Bloomberg:
Susan Bayh, a lawyer, is a director at Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Inc., which is part of a medical research partnership awarded a $24.7 million dollar Federal grant in May after Evan Bayh and his Indiana colleagues in Congress recommended the group to the National Institutes of Health. Oops.
She’s also on the board of E*Trade Bank, while her husband sits on the Senate Banking Committee.
Susan Bayh is lead director at Emmis Communications Corp., an Indianapolis radio-station operator that published Evan Bayh’s 2003 memoir. Who knew Evan Bayh had enough to fill a memoir?
James Thurber, the director of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies said it best:
“When you’re vetting a vice president and his wife is on seven boards, that is a serious question of conflict of interest on a whole variety of issues.”