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Bayh not as outspoken on new career as he was on leaving old one

By Laurie Bennett

March 17, 2011 at 8:44am

When he announced that he was leaving the Senate, Evan Bayh had few good things to say about Congress.

He said he was fed up with “brain-dead partisanship” and he urged reformation of the filibuster rule. He predicted further decline of the legislative process because of the increasing amounts of money spent by corporations and unions.

After a lackluster tenure as a two-term senator from Indiana who was the son of a three-term senator Indiana, Bayh enjoyed a brief flash of popularity and approbation for his critique.

Then he started accepting job offers.

Evan Bayh
Evan Bayh

Now Salon calls him the “world’s most annoying former senator.”

In a scorching column, Ezra Klein of the Washington Post points out that Bayh’s paychecks “are being signed by people who profit from the very forces he lamented.”

Bayh has become a partner at McGuireWoods, a firm that represents clients from such sectors as aerospace, defense, energy, mining and venture capital.

He is also advising Apollo Global Management, a public equity firm.

More recently, it was announced that he would become a contributor at Fox News, the cruelest cut to many who had lauded his departing comments.

So far, Bayh hasn’t returned to the spotlight to answer his critics. However, Politico reports having received a statement, emailed by his assistant at McGuireWoods.

“Being on Fox will enable me to articulate moderate solutions in a bipartisan way to millions of Americans across political differences,” Bayh reportedly said. “Looking for moderate bipartisan solutions to the challenges that face America is completely consistent with the way I conducted my public career.”

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