Because of an editing error, the state represented by Rep. Frank McCloskey in the House was deleted from a story in Friday's paper. McCloskey represents the 8th district of Indiana.
Flamboyant conservative Rep. George Hansen (R-Idaho), who was convicted of filing false financial statements and campaigned for reelection by saying that others, including Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.), did the same, was defeated by 66 votes in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial tallies completed yesterday.
The outcome of the Hansen race means that the Republican Party picked up 14 House seats, far short of what they had hoped. On Wednesday the GOP appeared to have picked up 15 seats, but three races, including Hansen's, were still up in the air at the time.
In another of the three races, freshman Rep. Frank McCloskey (D) won a squeaker over state Sen. Richard D. McIntyre (R). He won by 77 votes.
Recounts in the Hansen and McCloskey races were expected, which could alter their outcomes.
In the third race left dangling on Tuesday -- for an open Utah seat formerly held by a Republican -- final results were not expected until next Tuesday, when 1,500 absentee ballots are to be counted. Without the absentee ballots, Lt. Gov. David S. Monson (R) is leading by less than 150 votes over Francis Farley (D), an anti-MX missile activist.
Hansen, a seven-term House member who is facing a five- to 15-month federal prison term and a $40,000 fine for his felony conviction, held a news conference yesterday and said he would take no action -- either to concede to Richard Stallings (D) or demand a recount -- until election officials had a chance to recompute vote tallies from around the district within the next 10 days.
Hansen, who in the past had overcome publicity about false campaign finance reports, late federal tax payments and questionable personal debts, had been at the top of the GOP endangered list in the election because of his felony conviction. Hansen is appealing the conviction.
But the free-swinging representative, who has made a career of hounding federal bureaucrats, particularly in the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department, made unexpected headway in his reelection bid by going after them once again and comparing his situation to that of Ferraro and White House counselor Edwin Meese III.
Ferraro, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee and retiring House member from Queens, N.Y., is being investigated by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for excluding her husband's assets on her annual House disclosure statements. She said she received no direct benefit from those assets.
In Meese's case, a special prosecutor declined to seek an indictment after investigating a variety of allegations, including failure to disclose a loan from an associate who subsequently was given a federal job.
Stumping his rural eastern Idaho district, Hansen spent the election talking about the "Hansen-Ferraro situation" and said he was singled out by overeager federal bureaucrats. "They're making me out to be Jack the Ripper because I made a mistake on a government form," he told voters.
The Justice Department yesterday, in a 125-page brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, challenged Hansen's assertion that he was singled out for prosecution, saying, "The Justice Department cannot be accused of 'selecting' Hansen for prosecution while declining to prosecute Meese because the Justice Department had no jurisdiction over the Meese case."
A hearing on Hansen's appeal is scheduled Dec. 18.
Stallings, a history professor who is slightly more moderate than Hansen, centered his campaign on the issue of "integrity" in government. He promised voters that if they voted for him, "George Hansen will never embarrass this great state again."