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Florida Congressman dodges debate as campaign implodes

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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann can take solace in one thing - she's not the only one to have an imploding campaign.

About the only thing that she and Florida Representative Tim Mahoney have in common is that they've both torpedoed their chances for re-election to the House of Representatives.  It's yet to be seen if either or both can survive their respective controversies.

Bachmann shot herself on live TV with Hardball host Chris Matthews one week ago when she said she was "absolutely" concerned that Barack Obama had "anti-American views."  In doing so, her challenger Elwyn Tinkleberg has been the recipient of a huge stream of new money.  More than $1.3 million has been donated in less than a week.

Mahoney's attempt to destroy his own campaign was a more private affair - literally.


The Florida Democrat has been caught up in an adultery scandal that has led to FBI and House ethics committee investigations.  ABC News reports today that new details in the controversy have emerged.

The network has obtained a document that "reveals new allegations of threatening behavior and sexual harassment toward a female staffer, that go far beyond Mahoney's public confession, including claims that he urged one of his mistresses to serve as a "tease" for big donors."


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