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2010 Best & Worst of Congress
Comments () | Published September 13, 2010
Hottie (Male)

1. John Thune (R-S.D.)

2. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

3. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.)

At least there’s bipartisan agreement on the categories that matter.

Hottie (Female)

1. Tie: Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

2. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

3. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

Newcomers Gillibrand and Hagan join repeat winners Cantwell and Murkowski.

Lobbyists’ Friend

1. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

2. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)

3. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

The GOP leader won the mainly party-line vote hands down.

Lobbyists’ Enemy

1. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)

2. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

3. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

A party-line win for Feingold, still the body’s chief anti-lobbying crusader.

King/Queen of Earmarks

1. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

2. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)

3. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)

Atop the Appropriations Committee, where Cochran and Inouye perch, is the catbird seat. And Byrd’s other legacy lives on.

Surprise Standout

1. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

2. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

3. Tie: George LeMieux (R-Fla.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Brown got a few Democratic votes, too . . .

Biggest Disappointment

1. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

2. Tie: Al Franken (D-Minn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.)

3. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

. . . but Republican staffers helped put him over the top here.

Gym Rat

1. John Thune (R-S.D.)

2. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

3. Tie: Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

How do you think Thune, Brown, and Gillibrand stay hot?

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