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Wed May 9, 2012, 03:44 PM

61. Lugar's Loss Follows 'Curse' of Senate's Foreign Policy Committee

-- May 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT
Lugar's Loss Follows 'Curse' of Senate's Foreign Policy Committee
By: Michael D. Mosettig


Call it the curse of the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Richard Lugar, who has served as chairman or ranking Republican on Foreign Relations since 1985, was following in a hoary tradition when toppled in Tuesday's Indiana GOP primary (according to an Associated Press projection). He is the fifth top Foreign Relations Committee member over the last 60 years to lose his seat.

As a Senate historian noted, the men (and they have all been men) who assume that august title are treated with great deference in Washington -- many embassy invitations, overseas travel and morsels of classified information from the president and top U.S. officials -- but their constituents wind up wondering if their senator is spending too much time worrying about problems abroad and not enough about highways and public works projects at home.

In relatively recent history, the toxic trend surfaced in 1952 when Sen. Tom Connally fell under the Eisenhower landslide that swept even then-Democratic Texas. He lost to a Democratic governor who had endorsed Ike's election. Four years later, as racial politics were boiling after the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision, Sen. Walter George was toppled by Herman Talmadge.

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/05/lugars-loss-follows-curse-of-senates-foreign-policy-committee.html

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