It was a rough night for redemption-seekers.
Four scandal-scarred candidates–Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner–all failed to win their bids last night, despite, in some of their cases, vaster war chests and soaring name recognition.
All four candidates succumbed to an onslaught of toxic press and apparent voter fatigue over the circus-like atmosphere of the election after Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer jumped into the fray.
David Chalian has been named the VP of Video Programming at Politico. In August, Mr. Chalian was fired from Yahoo! News, where he was the Washington Bureau Chief, after he was caught making a racial joke against Mitt Romney on hot mic during the Republican Convention.
“They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said over a break in an ABC News/Yahoo News webcast. Mr. Chalian was referring to the fact that the Hurricaine Isaac was hitting the Gulf Coast during the convention in Tampa. Mr. Chalian, who was quickly let go, apologized for “making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”