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 Post subject: Roll Call updates Campaign 2006 scandal checklist
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:52 pm 
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Roll Call updates Campaign 2006 scandal checklist two weeks before elections


Just two weeks before the midterm elections, Roll Call updates its Campaign 2006 "scandal checklist."

When the Roll Call staff published its previous checklist on September 20, it assumed that would be the last update of the year.

"How naive," Louis Jacobson writes.

"Nine days later, then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned following revelations that he had sent sexually explicit instant messages to Congressional pages — a demise too fast to make this checklist," Jacobson writes. "But that was only the beginning."

Roll Call notes that "the growing threat of a Democratic wave, accelerated by the emergence of the Foley scandal, has increased the vulnerability of several Republicans who were already on the list."

Only four incumbent lawmakers running for reelection rate "high" on the risk factor: Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pa.), Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.).

The risk factor for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is measured at "medium-high," while Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D), and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) fall under "medium" range.

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) have a "medium-low" risk factor, while Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) are rated as "low."

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