Regular commenter Janelle has been telling me for quite a while now, that the only way to fix Washington is to vote out the dead wood every two terms. She says it regularly and forcefully and you know what? I think people are starting to listen.
The Fix: West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.
Mollohan hadn't faced a serious primary fight in more than a decade and was seen in some circles as unbeatable given that the 1st district seat had been in his family since 1968. (His father held it from 1968-1982 before handing it off to the son.)
But, Oliverio, who served a single term in the state House of Delegates before being elected to the state Senate in 1994, ran hard against Mollohan's entrenched incumbent status and the lingering whiff of ethics problems that had dogged the Congressman for years.
The race has gotten very nasty over its final weeks with Oliverio referring to Mollohan as "one of the most corrupt members of Congress" and the incumbent retorting that his opponent is "lying" and "spreading right-wing smears".[…]
Mollohan's defeat follows hard on a loss by Utah Sen. Bob Bennett (R) in the Beehive State's convention process over the weekend and, as such, will foment the sense that incumbents -- of all parties and offices -- need to be on guard heading into the summer primary season and the fall midterms.
Good riddance! 15 terms as a House Rep, how on earth is that man still in touch with the people? Add in corruption and it is certainly time for him to join Bob Bennett in retirement. Granted, I think Democrats threw Mollohan overboard because he was vulnerable and not because he was corrupt and entrenched old baggage, but hey we will take it.
Now West Virgina, stop piddling around with socialist Democrats and elect a conservative like David McKinley.
Oh, and Janelle, keep spreading the word sister!
Via: The Fix
Via: Hot Air