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Mahoney Loses in Wake of Adultery Scandals

9:25 PM, Nov 4, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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The guy who replaced Mark Foley running on honesty and family values has lost his seat to a Republican challenger.

Republican challenger Tom Rooney, a lawyer and former Army officer, had trailed early in the campaign until news broke last month about Mahoney's affairs.

Rooney quickly gained ground and handily won Tuesday night to replace Mahoney representing District 16, covering parts of eight counties from Palm Beach County across the state to the Gulf. The district traditionally leans slightly Republican.

Mahoney acknowledged two affairs. He also says he paid one woman to keep quiet about their tryst.

His two affairs and bribery of at least one woman inexplicably were not treated to wall-to-wall treatment on all networks as Foley's inappropriate e-mails to pages in '06, but Mahoney did have to pay a price. Good to see that. It's one of just a few pick-ups Republicans can look forward to tonight.

Pennsylvania's Rep. John Murtha, who got into trouble after calling his constituents "racists" and "rednecks," just called his race for himself, but no network has called it yet.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is still in some trouble, up against Republican John Kennedy. The two are only separated by several thousand, and one of them has to get 50 percent in a three-way race or they go to a run-off. Perhaps Jindal's popularity in the state and Landrieu's ineptitude will be enough to counteract the prevailing political winds.