The Bums Throw Themselves Out

Scandals and frustration inspire an exodus from Capitol Hill

AT THE RATE THEY'RE FLEEING CAPITOL HILL, LAWmakers may make the term-limits movement obsolete. Already, 47 members have said they will quit the House at the end of this term, and 11 have been thrown out in primary elections; the exodus is the largest since 49 House members left voluntarily in 1978. A few say they are leaving because recent scandals have driven public regard for Congress to a new low. Throw in the effects of redistricting, and up to one- third of the 435 House members may be newcomers in November.

Seven Senators have announced they will not seek re-election,...

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