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There will be no Father's Day political celebrating for two powerful Washington lawmakers who recently tried to bequeath their congressional seats to their sons. Both lost, portending a bad political year for building family dynasties on Capitol Hill.

Harley Staggers Jr., son of the 16-term chairman of the Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives, fell 50 votes short last week of winning the Democratic nomination in West Virginia to succeed his retiring father.

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Another political namesake, William Moorhead III, son of retiring 11-term chairman of a House banking subcommittee, failed by a margin of nearly 2 to 1 in another Democratic primary in April, frustrating his attempt to keep the Pennsylvania congressional seat in the family.

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