Jillian Bandes

In 2006, Carney ran against ex-Rep. Don Sherwood (R) who went down over a vicious sex scandal that involved Sherwood paying off a 5-year mistress after he allegedly abused her. In 2008, Carney was able to paint executive Chris Hackett as a tax cheat, despite the fact that Hacket was found not guilty of any crimes after the election had passed.

Some analysts say that the Republican Party in Pennsylvania underestimated the power of Carney’s campaign; others say they were simply steamrolled by the cash.

Another sticking point is Carney’s support for cap-and-trade, and his talk about tolling an important interstate highway in the 10th district, which is an issue highly unpopular with voters.

“Carney was initially described as a blue-dog Democrat,” said Derk. “For the first two years in Congress, he voted 91% of the time with Pelosi, and voted for some of the most important banner issues in terms of voting with the Democrats.”

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com