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Midterm elections likely to take a heavy toll on Republican representation in Congress

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Date published: 10/15/2006

By Richard Amrhine


Those who have damaged their own credibility, such as Sen. George Allen, should be judged on their own merits. Few of us would care to be judged by the indiscretions of our youth, but questioning whether a politician any longer reflects his constituency is certainly fair play.

Those who have marched in lock step with this president put their own fortitude in doubt. Our own First District Rep. Jo Ann Davis is one of those, but with her opponents failing to gain traction and her rapt attention to district issues, she is keeping her seat safe.

I don't always agree with the will of the American electorate, but I know that those Americans who do vote do so thoughtfully. Voters should, and I am confident will, throw a lot of the bums out. But just being a Republican in Congress doesn't necessarily make you a bum. It only seems that way.

Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.

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