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January 14, 2010 - Joselyn King
The question is: "Will he or won't he?"
All eyes are on U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., these days and whether or not he will seek re-election. Washington insiders are saying he's being pushed toward retirement as a cloud of federal investigation looms over him.
Haven't really seen any proof of that investigation. And it does seem kind of unfathomable that he would not seek re-election after 28 years in Congress.
But still, one has to think back to this time in 2006, when former U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, seemed untouchable despite a cloud of investigation around him. In that case, the cloud rained down upon him and he ended up with a federal prison sentence.
The rumours of an investigation of Mollohan began surfacing at the same time, and it seems that this now has dragged on too long.
I mean, as federal lawmakers grapple about prisoners at the Guatanamo Bay -- believed to have terrorist connections -- not getting their due process, you wonder why one of those same lawmakers doesn't get an expeditious turn at justice.
The 1st District is the focus of the 2010 political year.
In case you missed reading it, the Ohio County GOP will host a debate among the candidates as part of its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 22. I write "annual" even though there wasn't such a gathering last year.
There have been two Republicans to file so far -- David McKinley of Wheeling and Mac Warner of Morgantown -- but there were a number of pre-candidates who showed interest who haven't done so yet.
Among those not yet officially filing their paperwork is Cindy Hall of Wheeling, largely identified with the local tea party movement. There is word that We The People Ohio Valley has splintered, and that one of the groups will soon be holding a meeting for supporters. (A previous one scheduled for the Ohio County Library was canceled because of snow.)
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