Already beaten in the West Virginia Democratic primary back in May, an embittered Rep. Alan Mollohan is lashing out at his political enemies, including the Democrat who defeated him, and appears to be plotting a potential comeback in 2012.
On Monday, Mollohan – beaten by 12 points by Democratic state Sen. Michael Oliverio on May 11 – sent out a lengthy memo to his supporters, bashing Oliverio and blaming the press, the Justice Department, congressional watchdog groups and former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Karl Rove and other Republicans for the criminal investigation that dogged him for years and helped lead to his defeat.
“The fact is that during my 28 years of congressional service, I have never violated my public trust. I have never used my official position for personal gain,” Mollohan said in his memo.
“Yet my opponent in the primary election, Michael Oliverio, used a four-year-old dishonest Republican smear campaign as the centerpiece of his race. So, as I prepare to leave office, lingering questions about my ethical conduct float in the wake of the last campaign.”