Theres no question there is at this moment an anti-incumbent mood, Pelosi told reporters late last week. But I have confidence that my Members know how to speak and communicate with their districts, and I wouldnt tell them to do anything less than work as hard as they possibly can, assume nothing, but dont be dragged down by assumptions that may or may not apply to them.
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), who is in line to replace retiring Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.), also downplayed the idea that Mollohans loss signified diminishing draw of the panel.
Its all on a Member-by-Member basis, Dicks said. I think they evaluate everybody in an election context based on their record.
Dicks pointed to the recent jockeying to replace Murtha as evidence that a spot on Appropriations is still a highly prized trophy.
There wasnt a shortfall of Members trying to get on Appropriations, Dicks said.