- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to the director of the pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak, after he reportedly declined to appear before Congress next week.

An Energy and Commerce Committee spokesperson said that Barry Cadden, co-founder of New England Compounding Center, indicated through his attorney that he would not attend a hearing scheduled for Nov. 14. A message sent to the attorney was not immediately returned.

More than 400 people have been sickened by contaminated steroid shots distributed by the compounding pharmacy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty deaths have been reported.

CAMPAIGN

Big bucks in Senate race, with outsider support

The Virginia race for U.S. Senate between former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine topped $52 million in spending by outside groups, including nonprofits that do not disclose their donors, making it by far the most popular congressional race in the country among the newly legalized independent groups.

It is followed by the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, at $43 million, and the Senate race in Ohio, at $35 million.

The outside groups may be having even more impact on some House races, where a little money can go a lot further.

Despite being outspent overall, liberal groups have had a surprising impact by focusing on House races where their money goes further.

The average congressional district has 750,000 people, meaning special interests in Ohio’s 16th District spent $13 for every man, woman and child to influence that outcome — and that doesn’t include the money raised by the candidates themselves.

VICE PRESIDENT

Biden jokes again about bid for top job in 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden was joking about his next run for office even before Tuesday’s election results were in.

At a surprise campaign stop in Cleveland, Mr. Biden joked that he might run for a local office.

“I’m going to go back home and run for county council or something,” Mr. Biden told a customer at the Landmark Restaurant. Home for Mr. Biden is Delaware.

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