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Topic - Dan Maffei
Shortly after Rep. Dan Benishek arrived in Washington, staffers raised a banner that proclaimed to visitors in his Capitol Hill suite: "If you are here to ask for more money, you're in the wrong office!"
The House GOP's agenda has tilted so far right that it's creating opportunities for Democrats to try to reclaim seats they lost just a few months ago, said Ann Kirkpatrick, the first former member of Congress to announce that she would seek a rematch in 2012.
House Republicans picked up two additional seats this week, winning with "tea party"-backed candidates in New York and Texas to give the party a net gain of 63 seats with two races still undecided.
Democrats scrambled Monday to handle the fallout from ethics charges against Rep. Charles B. Rangel and tried to head off a politically costly public hearing, but Republicans said they wanted to see the ethics committee process play out.
Mr. Maffei said in concession that he makes no apologies for his positions on economic-stimulus spending, the health care bill and financial reform.