First Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and now Representative William Jefferson (D-LA). Goddamn, this has been the best election I've ever experienced.
While it costs the Democrats a vote in the House, removing from office incumbent scumbags who perpetuate criminal behaviour transends partisanship. IMO, it's more than acceptable loss. (That, and the Democrats have a huge majority in the House, so watershed event, this ain't.)
From the NY Times article:
NEW ORLEANS — Representative William J. Jefferson was defeated by a little-known Republican lawyer here Saturday in a late-running Congressional election, underscoring the sharp demographic shifts in this city since Hurricane Katrina and handing Republicans an unexpected victory in a district that had been solidly Democratic.
The upset victory by the lawyer, Anh Cao, was thought by analysts to be the result of a strong turnout by white voters angered over federal corruption charges against Mr. Jefferson, a black Democrat who was counting on a loyal base to return him to Congress for a 10th term.
With all precincts reporting, Mr. Cao, who was born in Vietnam, had 49 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Mr. Jefferson, who had not conceded as of late Saturday night.
Mr. Jefferson, 61, awaits trial on federal counts of soliciting bribes, money laundering and other offenses. Prosecutors contend that he used his Congressional office to broker deals in African nations, and say he received more than $500,000 in bribes."
Now Mr. Jefferson can spend his full time and energy working on his trial, and leave the legislating to less corrupt members of congress.