More trouble for Republicans: “safe” congressional seat now endangered

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Another scandal: NY Republican congressman Vito Fossella has admitted an affair that included fathering a child out of wedlock (this on top of a drunk-driving accident) and is under pressure to resign. This was considered a safe Republican seat; now CQ (Congressional Quarterly) rates it as “no clear favorite.” A poll showed Fossella with the support of 61% of his district, but says national R’s want him out, now. A new Gallup poll has President Bush’s approval rating holding steady at 28% — well, maybe “steady” is not the right word choice. As bad as that is, even worse is the poll’s finding that Bush’s support among R’s has eroded to 60%.

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