25 March 2010

Election 2010: Congress

  • Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin has included U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan, W.Va.-1st, and Nick Rahall, W.Va.-3rd, among 20 House Democrats she has vowed to target for defeat through her political action committee, The Charleston Gazette reports.
  • The Daily Mail reports separately that West Virginians for Life has ruled out endorsing either Democratic incumbent this year, because of their votes for what the group's leader calls "the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade." (Politifact.com has analyzed several abortion-related claims regarding the bill, recently rating as "True" the statement that "there will be no public funding for abortion in this legislation.")
  • The six Republicans seeking to challenge Mollohan in November each would have voted against the health care bill, The Intelligencer reports. His primary challenger, state Sen. Mike Oliverio, D-Monongalia, told the Wheeling newspaper "he isn't certain what his vote would have been," as "he doesn't yet know the intricacies negotiated in the bill or how it might affect West Virginia."

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