What Mollohan’s loss means for Rothman

For the second time in one week, U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) moves up one notch in seniority on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.  Last week, Chairman David Obey (D-Wisconsin) announced his retirement, and yesterday Alan Mollohan (D-West Virginia) lost the Democratic primary.  Currently 22nd in seniority out of 37 majority members, Rothman will move up to at least 19th, assuming he is re-elected in November.  While it appears unlikely that the 57-year-old Bergen County Democrat can advance to the chairmanship someday — just eight of the 20 Democrats still ahead of him are more than a decade older than him — the good news for Rothman is that he really just needs to be in the top thirteen in order to join the extraordinarily powerful College of Cardinals as the chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee.  For Rothman, that seems like an entirely achievable goal.

What Mollohan’s loss means for Rothman