A double dose of crazy talk

Two members of Congress who lost their reelection campaigns are inventing outlandish tales to explain their losses.

First, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) told ABC News that unknown Chinese forces, buoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, may have swayed the midterm elections:

“I think it’s strangling us,” she said. “They’re in the halls of Congress everywhere, and it means, for example, that you sit on a committee and you say something about concern about Chinese influence or something, you don’t even know if in the next election, somehow or another, they manage to send some money to some group that now doesn’t even have to say where they got it.”

Later in the interview, Shea-Porter hilariously—and hypocritically—complained that the media focused too heavily on negativity in Congress based on spurious allegations of campaign finance corruption:

“I have listened to people on television say things like, ‘Well, everybody’s on the take in Washington,’ as if that’s a given fact. I think it just makes people more cynical about the whole process,” Shea-Porter said.

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