The one’s who aren’t “retiring” or deciding not to run for re-election, are simply getting their asses kicked out by racist teabaggers fed up Americans.
Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman’s ethics and support for federal health care reform.
Mollohan conceded after unofficial returns showed that with 82 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Mike Oliverio was ahead 56 percent to 44 percent. It ends his 28 years in the House.
Mollohan was dogged by ethical questions, and the more conservative Oliverio ran an aggressive campaign portraying him as corrupt and out of touch. Conservative media rallied around Oliverio, along with anti-abortion groups angry over Mollohan’s support of health care reform.
Oliverio will face former state delegate and Republican Party chairman David McKinley in November’s general election.
Christopher Dodd (D, Connecticut), Ted Kaufman (D, Delaware), Roland Burris (D, Illinois), Evan Bayh of (D, Indiana), and Byron Dorgan (D, North Dakota) have all retired. David Obey (D-WI) announced his retirement this month. The elections of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Chris Christie in New Jersey, and Bob McDonnell in Virginia, sent shockwaves through Congress.
The rest will get flushed in November. Watching Arizona boot Harry Reid, will be especially enjoyable.