The Bush Factor In the Victory By Democrats - November 10, 2006 - The New York Sun: "Most of the post-election editorial analysis lays the blame for the GOP losses on corruption and the war in Iraq. However, an examination of the results in the Northeast, the 'blue' states, discloses the flaw in that conclusion.
New Yorkers re-elected Alan Hevesi as state comptroller even though he faces charges of fraud that may end his tenure in office. Andrew Cuomo is the state's new attorney general even though he cannot account for the millions that went missing when he was in charge at HUD and, according to the New York Post, refuses to release his 2005 income tax return. New Jersey voted for Robert Menendez despite accusations of corruption involving millions in federal funding while he was a House member. Corruption charges apparently have an impact only on Republican politicians.
As for the war connection, Senator Lieberman was re-elected in Connecticut even though he lost the Democratic primary because of his pro- Iraq war position, while Senator Chafee lost in Rhode Island even though he voted against the war."
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