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Palin targets Pomeroy after his health care vote

Former vice president candidate Sarah Palin is taking aim at Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and 19 other Democrats who voted for the "unwanted" health care reform bill Sunday.

Former vice president candidate Sarah Palin is taking aim at Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and 19 other Democrats who voted for the "unwanted" health care reform bill Sunday.

Tuesday, Palin posted a U.S. map on her Facebook page that used gun sights to indicate the 20 U.S. House of Representatives Democrats that she is now working to have defeated this November.

Pomeroy made her list because of his health care reform vote, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Palin had a simple message for her supporters in the wake of the reform's passage.

"Don't get demoralized. Get organized!"

Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, will work this year to "reclaim the power of the people," she wrote. For now, she's giving "particular attention" to the 20 Democrats who voted for "Obamacare" and represent districts carried by Palin and her running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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Political impact

Pomeroy, seeking re-election to his 10th House term, is facing a challenge from North Dakota Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo. Berg was endorsed by state Republicans on Saturday at their state convention in Grand Forks.

Brenden Timpe, a spokesman for Pomeroy, said he doesn't think Palin's comments will be much of a factor in the November election.

"I don't think North Dakotans are going to decide based on what national politicians say they should do," he said.

It's "a little early" to know the implications of Pomeroy's health care reform vote, Timpe said, but he pointed out that was never the focus.

"It's not about the political effect, it's about what he thinks is right for North Dakota," he said.

Reps. Brad Ellsworth (Ind.), Vic Snyder (Ark.) and Bart Gordon (Tenn.) made Palin's list but plan to retire after their terms end this year.

Here's the list of the 17 targeted representatives seeking re-election:

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Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), John Salazar (Colo.), Betsy Markey (Colo.), Allen Boyd (Fla.), Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Pomeroy, Charlie Wilson (Ohio), John Boccieri (Ohio), Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.), Christopher Carney (Pa.), John Spratt, Jr. (S.C.), Tom Perriello (Va.), Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) and Nick Rahall II (W.Va.).

Palin said her political action committee will broaden its focus during the campaign season.

"We'll aim for these races and many others," she said. "This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington."

- On the Web: Sarah Palin's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sarahpalin .

Johnson reports on local politics. Reach him at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or send e-mail to rjohnson@gfherald.com .

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