Niagara Gazette — As for Slaughter, critics sniping at her background call her a "carpetbagger" (an obvious misuse use of the word) from a small coal mining town in Kentucky. A glance at her record, however, shows that Slaughter, 83, currently the oldest member of Congress, is a powerful and respected House member. She has a firm reputation for looking after constituent needs. Among her many accomplishments: winning historic funding increases for women's health and securing the first $500 million earmarked by Congress for breast cancer research at the National Institute of Health.
Meanwhile, opponent Ms. Brooks, 57, unleashed a vicious verbal assault Wednesday on Slaughter, citing "her record of pay raises, expensive trips and tax hikes" on Rochester area families. "Our latest fact-based TV ad exposes entrenched Washington insider Louise Slaughter for running a sleazy campaign to hide her shameful record," said "Brooks for Congress" campaign manager Noah Lebowitz. "Mrs. Slaughter voted to raise her own pay seven times, and then took dozens of lavish foreign trips on the taxpayer dime," Lebowitz charged. (Did you ever see a member of Congress foot the bill for a fact-finding trip to a foreign country?)
Despite the mudslinging, Slaughter looks like a shooin, if you believe the latest polls.
• TOUGH CHOICE: Overheard in Friday's restaurant in the Sheraton at the Falls: "Voting in this election is like trying to decide which street mime to stop and watch" — a hotel guest who said he would rather watch "Criminal Minds" than the debate Wednesday night.