The latest New Jersey reporter to go through the revolving door to the partisan side of politics is Bill Cahir, who covered Washington, D.C. for the Newhouse News Service, which owns seven daily newspapers in New Jersey. Cahir is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in Pennsylvania’s fifth district – a Republican seat where incumbent John Peterson, the winner with 60% of the vote in 2006 – is not seeking re-election.
For Cahir, it’s an attempt to return to the partisan side of beltway politics. He started out as an aide to Senators Ted Kennedy and Harris Wofford before launching a 13-year career as a journalist. He also completed two tours of duty in Iraq.