He is the first House member to lose a reelection bid in the 2010 campaign, and his defeat comes days after Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) was knocked off the November ballot in that state's convention process.
Mollohan hadn't faced a serious primary fight in more than a decade and was seen in some circles as unbeatable, given that the state's 1st Congressional District seat had been in his family since 1968. (His father held it for seven terms before he won it.)
But state Sen. Mike Oliverio ran hard against Mollohan's entrenched-incumbent status and made much of the lingering whiff of ethics problems that dogged the congressman for years.With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Oliverio had 56 percent of the vote to Mollohan's 44 percent.
Last month we urged Cuomo to flatly refuse WFP backing, arguing that it would be a critical first step if he truly means to drain the Albany swamp.
Without an affiliation with Cuomo — who remains miles ahead in the polls — the party is unlikely to collect the 50,000 votes for governor in November that it needs to score an automatic line on the ballot for the next four years.
The fundamental problem is that the WFP isn’t a real political party — it’s an agglomeration of public-employee unions dedicated to pursuing union interests, and to hell with everybody else.
Case in point: Campanile reports that the party has collected almost $243,000 in teachers-union cash since 2008 — and is now hectoring candidates to support the teachers’ anti-charter agenda.
Overall, its impact on local government is malignant — as Mayor Bloomberg noted in a recent meeting with Post editors. The WFP’s clout over lawmakers, he said, “is a very big problem” when it comes to negotiating a budget.
Too many WFP-controlled legislators, said Mike, will seek to impose significantly higher taxes on the critical financial industry “because they’re basically — I don’t know if ‘captives’ is the right word — but they’re influenced by” the WFP.
Actually, Bloomberg’s word, “captives,” got it exactly right.
And don’t forget the party’s ethically dubious corporate arm, Data & Field Services, which was set up as an “independent” consulting company — but which more likely was a vehicle for funneling massive, under-the-table illegal contributions to its candidates.