Bad Election Day for Lawmakers in Ethics Trouble
In races around the country, an unusually large number of lawmakers facing charges of wrongdoing were unceremoniously ousted from their jobs on Tuesday - which is quite rare, because more than 90 percent of the incumbents seeking re-election to Congress typically return for another term.
Perhaps Democrats and Republicans can agree that this is good news. The biggest example was Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), who failed in her attempt to move up to the Senate, even though Obama carried Nevada. She was defeated by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), who was already in the Senate after have been appointed after John Ensign resigned.
From the article:
Ken Boehm, co-founder of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based group that has filed ethics complaints, said some lawmakers under investigation come from districts dominated by one party. "These are people who it appears believe they are above the law and immune from defeat," he said.