In Bill Clinton’s administration, Attorney General Janet Reno stayed for both terms, as did HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Education Secretary Richard Riley.
Win some, lose some
The 2012 election was a mixed bag for Loop Fans. The great news was that Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), the antiabortion physician who pressured his patient and mistress to have an abortion, easily won reelection. By the way, a second woman reportedly claimed she had an affair with him in 2000 and smoked pot with him.
We were concerned when a leading Tennessee conservative said DesJarlais had reached “a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable” and then when DesJarlais stopped appearing in public for a while.
But the voters came through. DesJarlais trounced his Democratic challenger with 56 percent of the vote, a local paper reported Wednesday.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), after a bit of a scare, squeaked through in a close race. Good thing she raised a cool $13 million.
But Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who has said, among other things, that 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, appears to be out. At last count he was down by 2,500 votes, less than 1 percent . His opponent has claimed victory and media outlets agree, but West hasn’t conceded and is talking about a recount. (This is Florida, so anything could happen.)
Finally, a hearty Loop welcome back to the entertaining — or way-over-the-top, depending on your point of view — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). Grayson, an ultra-liberal (one of his bumper stickers said “Bush lied, people died” ) trounced his opponent by a whopping 25 percentage points to reclaim a House seat.
With Emily Heil
Alice Crites contributed to this column. The blog: washingtonpost.com/intheloop. Twitter: @InTheLoopWP.