‘Lawmaker’ has Become New Dirty Word Back Home on the Campaign Trail in 2010-Both Deal and Abercrombie face difficult primaries in which their time in Washington has already been an issue.

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If you want to run for higher office, the worst thing to put on your campaign mail might be the word “congressman.”

Members of Congress all over the country are struggling in their bids to pursue other offices and, in some cases, the sins of Washington are weighing heavily on their primary campaigns.


On Tuesday, an arduous gubernatorial primary will come to a head for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). Gov. Rick Perry is a near-cinch to beat her, either in the primary or in a runoff, and much of the blame for that goes to Hutchison’s current employer