A reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi became the first incumbent to lose his congressional seat this year: Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his 28-year lease on WV’s 1st congressional seat. Mollohan was defeated by state Sen. Mike Oliverio in the WV Dem primary election, 56-44% with 82% of the precincts reporting. Mollohan has conceded.
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was the first congressional victim to feel the ObamaCare bounce.
President Obama promised a bounce from the passage of ObamaCare and so there was: Mollohan was bounced from the seat he’d held through 14 terms and various ethics challenges.
Ironically, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its investigation of Mollohan about the same time the 14-term Democrat cast a “yes” vote for the president’s health care legislation (ObamaCare).
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 first incumbent to feel the effects of the ObamaCare Bounce.
Don Surber has more and summed it up best: “It is a good night to be a conservative.”
The Susan B. Anthony list issued the following press release this evening.
Washington, DC â€“ In response to Congressman Alan Mollohanâ€™s loss to state Senator Mike Oliverio in the West Virginia primary election tonight, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, offered the following statement:
â€œJust as Bart Stupak did, Congressman Mollohan now fully realizes that votes do have consequences. Mollohanâ€™s loss comes as a direct result of his vote for healthcare reform that included federal funding of abortion.
â€œWe promised Rep. Mollohan and the other â€˜pro-lifeâ€™ Democrats that we would make their re-election incredibly painful if they voted â€˜yesâ€™ on the healthcare bill. Tonight, the Susan B. Anthony List followed through on that promise, and Rep. Mollohan is the second member of that coalition to see those consequences.
â€œThis should be just another sign to â€˜pro-lifeâ€™ Democrats that voted for the healthcare bill that they will face the same consequences as Stupak and Mollohan.â€
The Susan B. Anthony List spent $78,000 in West Virginiaâ€™s first district educating voters on Congressman Mollohanâ€™s vote for healthcare with television ads, radio ads, and robo-calls. This is part of a $1 million effort to ensure that true pro-life leaders are elected in the districts of the so-called â€˜pro-lifeâ€™ Democrats, including Reps. Brad Ellsworth (IN-08), Steve Driehaus (OH-01) and Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03), who voted for healthcare reform that included federal funding of abortion.
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by Mondo Frazier
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