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Who had the worst week in Washington? Rep. Alan Mollohan.

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By Chris Cillizza
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Washington, as it always does, provided much fodder over the past seven days for the inaugural edition of the Fix's Worst Week in Washington -- which honors, so to speak, that person, place or thing that had the most terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

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There was $100 million man Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins' "star" defensive end, whose no-show at the team's voluntary minicamp helped fuel the narrative that he is persona non grata not only among his teammates but league-wide.

And, of course, the ongoing oil spill debacle in the Gulf of Mexico had any number of culprits, from the obvious (BP) to the less obvious (the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling).

But in the end, they were all in a race for second place. Rep. Alan Mollohan, a West Virginia Democrat who was defeated in Tuesday's primary, was our runaway selection.

Mollohan had held his state's 1st District since 1982 -- you read that right -- and his father had represented it for the 14 years prior to that, all the way back to 1968. Ah, dynasties. But a lingering shadow of ethics issues had weakened Mollohan's standing, and the bitter anti-incumbent sentiment throughout the country didn't help.

It's not that Mollohan wasn't warned. A poll two months before the primary showed that he was vulnerable, but the incumbent chose not to heed alarms from national Democrats. He was rewarded for that approach with a 44 percent vote total against a little-known state senator.

Alan Mollohan, you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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