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Mollohan's Take on Republicans

March 8, 2009 - Joselyn King
It was great seeing a turnout of more than 100 for the state Young Democrats dinner held this weekend at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Young Dem officials from as far away as Virginia and Indiana made the trip. So did Derek Scarbro, the executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party, and so did his wife ­ Sarah Payne Scarbro, the press secretary for Gov. Joe Manchin.

But the real surprise of the night was U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va..

Quite frankly, you don't often see Mollohan out and about with constituents, and usually any remarks he makes are short. But he was in rare form Saturday night, commenting that history will be measuring the effects of the Bush administration for years to come ­ but that we could nevertheless point to happenings in the last eight years.

Mollohan noted the U.S. had engaged in two wars, six million more Americans were living in poverty, there are fewer people with health care coverage and the national debt had doubled.

But what Mollohan didn't note was that Congress's approval rating with the American people was far below that of Bush's.

"The 110th Congress will be measured by what it did to keep the Bush administration from doing things. We engaged in oversight," Mollohan said. "The Bush administration got into trouble because it had no oversight (when Congress was controlled by Republicans)."

In another line, Mollohan noted that "some Republicans" have been referring to the recent $755 billion stimulus package as "wasteful pork," and don't see the money as being invested in the future of America.

"Some Republicans have no imagination," Mollohan said.


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