Voter-imposed term limits oust corrupt dem in WVA

A lot of people make fun of West Virginia (especially in Virginia) but you’ve got to hand it to them for getting rid of entrenched corruptocrat Alan Mollohan – finally. (story here)

West Virginia Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan lost his bid for a 15th term tonight at the hands of state Sen. Mike Oliverio, a defeat that further affirms the anti-incumbent sentiment coursing through the country.

Mollohan hadn’t faced a serious primary fight in more than a decade and was seen in some circles as unbeatable given that the 1st district seat had been in his family since 1968. (His father held it from 1968-1982 before handing it off to the son.)

Just like Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd, the “Mollohan seat” was thought to be some type of family heirloom – to be passed down from generation to generation. But it wasn’t only “anti-incumbent” sentiment that cost Mollohan his birthright. His opponent in the democrat primary (Mike Oliverio) was also able to turn his vote for obamacare and the taint of corruption against him. (more here)

Oliverio, a conservative Democrat, had run an aggressive campaign, portraying Mollohan as corrupt and out of touch. Conservative media rallied around the 46-year-old financial adviser from Morgantown, as did anti-abortion groups angry over Mollohan’s support of health care legislation.

In 2006, the Justice Department opened an investigation of Mollohan that is believed to have focused on the rapid growth of his personal wealth and his pattern of securing federal funds for nonprofits he helped create.

The investigation ended in January without comment or charges — which Mollohan considered vindication.

Vindicated by a corrupt democrat ethics committee but not by the voters. Congratulations West Virginia…

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