Campaign aides would rather not think about the potential anxiety of post-election legal wrangling. Some groan when the topic is broached. Those who would discuss the matter approached it with superstition and dread. “We don’t use the R word around here!” one Democratic operative joked.
Persily had another take.
“I continue to say the election administrator’s prayer: God, whatever happens, don’t let it be close,” he said.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.