Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hey Janelle, your message is working! Alan Mollohan loses primary fight


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

6 comments:

The War Planner said...

Cliff,

We would be interested in seeing what the prospects of the Republican opponent of Oliverio are.

People may talk of a possible 100-seat swing in the house, but I wonder? Still, the rage building now far exceeds the rage that turned Carter out in 1980.

~T.W.P. (formerly Voyska PVO)

Angie Lee said...

And you notice it says the seat has been "in his family." Since when is a seat part of some familial dynasty? Sounds like Kennedys all over again.

I can't complain (much) about my rep, who's been in office since '91, Dave Camp. Yes, *THE* Dave Camp.

Clifton B said...

TWP:

I have to look up polls for McKinley vs. Oliverio to see how the race is shaping up.

The GOP could easily capture 100 seats if they had their shit together. Right now it appears the GOP is content with just sitting back and collecting those people fleeing the Democrats, rather than offer a clear alternative.

BTYW, I like T.W.P as a title better than Voyska PVO. Blame that on my severely limited Russian.

Clifton B said...

Angie Lee:

Oh I did not miss that dynasty thing going on. Imagine picking up where you father left off, outrageous!

THE Dave Camp? My poor dear.

Angie Lee said...

LOL Camp's not so bad. Not as bad as some of them I've seen, anyhow. And his district's not even gerrymandered!

You'll notice, though, his district is in MID Michigan, one of the few places here a Repub can get in and stay in... Not like that cesspool Detroit, that keeps electing Dummycraps and has a large enough population to make the rest of the state moot when it comes to elections. How do you think we got Granwhore? Detroit. And Kwame Kilpatrick. Heard lots of muttering going on that he was using cash to buy votes for her. Dunno if that's true, but wouldn't surprise me any out of those two crooks.

Janelle said...

Thanks, Clifton! Next item is write, not sponsor your own legislation, Congress. No farming it out. If you hire ghostwriters, you lose your pension immediately.

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