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August 25, 2010

The Lesser of Two Evils?

By CREW Staff

When you come to a fork in the road, take it" - Yogi Berra

The former Yankee catcher certainly wasn't talking about elections when he first uttered that immortal line, but he might as well have been. Last night in several states across the country, primary voters went to the polls forced to choose between some less-than-impressive - and in a few cases outright crooked - candidates. We're sure in many minds - no choice felt like much of a good choice at all.

In Florida's Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate, Jeff Greene was blue. Greene earned his way to CREW's Crooked Candidates list by playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws. Though that's not to say the night's "winners" are much better. The remaining three candidates: Marco Rubio, Charlie Christ and Kendrick Meek, all made CREW's Crooked Candidates list as well. The disturbing fact here is that one of them will almost certainly be the next Senator from Florida. Some choice Floridians had at that fork in the road isn't it?

Out west in Arizona, Senate stalwart John McCain cruised to victory over Crooked Candidate JD Hayworth despite reports of underwhelmed voters "holding their nose" in the booth. While Sen. McCain has been no stranger to scandals in the past, Mr. Hayworth's extensive ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff may still have been fresh in the minds of voters.

And up north in the last frontier, Most Corrupt alum Don Young (R-AK) - the member of Congress who prefers "bridges to nowhere" to forks in the road - was overwhelmingly skated through the Republican primary.

The American people deserve better. We shouldn't have to choose between the lesser of two evils when we go to vote, and we shouldn't have to worry that the Most Corrupt Candidates in America will someday grow up to become the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.

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