For some members of Congress, one term or less just isn’t enough to get to them. Today, HOH bids adieu to the freshman members of the 112th Congress whom, alas, we won’t get to know better.
Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Fla.
This low-key tea partyer got shown the door during a redistricting fight against veteran Republican Rep. John L. Mica. The former deputy sheriff had a brief moment in the spotlight this summer, when a rash of allegedly bath-salts-related crime showcased a ban she had pushed for on the substances.
Rep. David A. Curson, D-Mich.
Curson replaced HOH favorite ex-Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., in a special election to fill out McCotter’s term. The newbie was sworn in Tuesday and will leave in six weeks to make way for the new congressional Santa Claus, GOP Rep.-elect Kerry Bentivolio.
Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla.
Most people know little about Rivera except that he’s good buddies with GOP superstar Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and that he’s been enmeshed in scandal since he arrived in Washington for everything from questions about campaign contributions to a troublesome home mortgage he shared with Rubio. An ethics reporter’s dream leaves office.
Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Mich.
The first Bangladeshi-American elected to Congress got his walking papers after losing to fellow Democrat Gary Peters in this year’s primary, which culminated in a debate-day argument between the two. Adding insult to injury, his Detroit office got robbed last week after the election.
Bob Turner, R-N.Y.
For a guy who fostered the masters of sensationalist TV (Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Raphael, etc.), Turner managed to fly below our radar. Scandal was his entrée into Congress as well — he filled in after Twitter-happy Democrat Anthony Weiner resigned — but his anonymity on Capitol Hill didn’t help his long-shot bid to go up against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., as he lost in the GOP primary.
Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill.
Perhaps it was the stuffed alligator he took to the House floor to make a point about border security. Or maybe it was the argument he got into with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN, when he repeated her first name dozens of times. So much drama. His departure will leave a void.