With votes counted in 342 of 670 precincts, Democratic state Senator Mike Oliverio leads 14-term Democratic Congressman Alan Mollohan 57% to 43% in a district that has been represented by a Mollohan for 48 of the last 56 years. The vote totals are Oliverio 20,601 to 15,788. Mollohan is losing all the population centers. I don’t see him picking up the votes in the remaining precincts.
The Associated Press has not called the race. I will. Oliverio beat him.
I recall a Charleston Gazette editorial from September 22, 1985, about his Dad: “At least one-third of the members of the U.S. Senate are millionaires. Probably the number is substantially more than that How many millionaires sit in the House of Representatives isn’t known, but many lawmakers there are wealthy. Moreover some of the wealthy, like former Rep. Robert Mollohan of West Virginia, today a multimillionaire, have exploited their public trust to enrich themselves.”
And this from a Charleston Gazette on April 25, 1989: “All this sounds reminiscent of the way Rep. Mollohan’s father, former Rep. Robert Mollohan, D-W.Va., became a millionaire in Congress. He was notorious for self-enrichment deals with outside partners. “
That editorial called for Democrats to dump Jim Wright — another crook who did it legally — as Speaker of the House.
But Ned Chilton is long gone and the Charleston Gazette defended Alan Mollohan, brushing aside serious ethics lapses as the fantasies of a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
Sadly, as tough as the Charleston Gazette was on the old man, it defended the son.