October 4, 2011 |
The longest-serving member of the Illinois delegation in the House says he's calling it quits, giving an opening for Republican gains in the state. Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat from the southwest Illinois, said he won't seek reelection next year, citing others pursuits. "I said when I was elected in 1988 and many times since that I did not intend to stay in Congress forever as I had other interests that I wanted to pursue," Costello said in a statement, adding that he wouldn't be retiring.
July 26, 2011 |
With Rep. David Wu set to resign his post following allegations of sexual misconduct, Democrats were optimistic Tuesday they would keep hold of his Oregon seat in an upcoming special election. The district, which trails along the Columbia River from the coast in northwestern Oregon before dipping south, has been in the Democratic column for decades. “We are confident that a Democrat will continue to represent the families in this overwhelmingly Democratic district,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
June 8, 2011 |
The White House declined Wednesday to weigh in on the scandal involving Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, amid new pressure for him to step down. Tim Kaine, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, told a local television station earlier that "lying publicly" about his behavior was "unforgivable and he should resign. " He was the first prominent Democrat to expressly call for him to do so. Asked for President Obama's position, press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing that he had "no comment on that story.
November 2, 2010 |
Nancy Pelosi, whose four-year run as speaker of the House of Representatives could be in its final months, offered an optimistic prediction about the outcome of Tuesday's election during a brief photo opportunity on Capitol Hill. "With the early returns and the overwhelming number if Democrats who are coming out, we're on pace to maintain the majority," she said. Pelosi, the first woman and first Californian to lead the House, appeared with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democrat charged with heading the party's campaign effort, at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's offices just south of the U.S. Capitol.
October 25, 2010 |
President Obama will attempt in the final week before election day to draw a clearer contrast between Democrat and Republican philosophies on a range of issues, starting Monday with a trip to a small business in Rhode Island. Last week, Obama made the longest sustained campaign trip of his presidency, a four-day swing through Western states that ended in Minnesota on Saturday. Obama will spend more time this week at a mix of official and campaign events, primarily focused on the major issue that has driven voter unease this year: the economy.
October 21, 2010 |
The man charged with preserving Democrats' majority in the House said Thursday his party's effort to shine a spotlight on the "huge" spending fueled by undisclosed donors had narrowed the gap as election day neared. Speaking with reporters in Washington at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, also predictably predicted that Democrats would hold their majority in a new Congress.