Over the past weekend, progressive liberals and faux conservatives were bemoaning the fact that Bob Bennett lost his bid for a fourth term in office after delegates to the UT GOP convention refused to renominate him on Saturday. These losers whined about the fact that “there’s no room for moderates in the Republican Party anymore.” Well, I wonder what these same idiots have to say about the fact that corrupt West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio. The corrupt Mollohan’s have held this seat since 1968, according to the Washington Post. First with Mollohan’s father from 1968-1982 then Alan Mollohan himself from 1982 until this year.
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, despite regular warning from state and national Democratic strategists, never seemed to understand the threat posed by Oliverio and, according to several sources, ran a campaign suited to the early 1990s rather than 2010 in terms of its sophistication.
On the Republican side, former state Del. David McKinley won his party’s nomination. Republicans, however, had made clear they preferred to run against Mollohan and must now re-orient their strategy.
Mollohan is the first House member to lose a re-election bid in the 2010 cycle and the first Democrat to lose a bid for re-nomination since Rep. Al Wynn (Md.) in 2008. Three House Republicans — Rep. Chris Cannon (Utah), Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (Md.) and Rep. Dave Davis (Tenn.) — lost in intraparty fights last cycle.
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.