The members of former Sen. Norm Coleman brain trust have scattered to new jobs, making a quick comeback for the senator defeated by Democratic Sen. Al Franken all the more unlikely.
On Monday, Washington, DC's Bockorny Group announced it had hired Coleman's former deputy chief of staff, Lucia Lebens to help "spearhead the development of the Bockorny Group's state based practice." Lebens first joined forces with Coleman when he was mayor of St. Paul in 1999.
Lebens will join another member of Coleman's inner circle at Bockorny. Last month, the firm announced Erich Mische would become a member of their senior lobbying team. Mische had been a presence in Coleman's political life for decades.
Other key Coleman confidants have also landed elsewhere: Jeff Larson, Coleman's longtime advisor and friend, is now the chief of staff at the Republican National Committee and Cullen Sheehan, Coleman's 2008 campaign manager, is at the Minnesota Capitol as the Senate chief of staff.
Coleman himself is now the CEO at the American Action Network, a 501 c4 active in election politics. Franken beat him by 312 votes in 2008, confirmed by an extended recount that lasted into 2009.