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Fix Daily Poll: Ethics headaches for Democrats

By Felicia Sonmez

President Obama's visit to Chicago today to stump for Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) shines the spotlight once again on the battle for the president's former Senate seat -- as well as the ethical troubles of the man who allegedly tried to sell that seat, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

Jurors are in their seventh day of deliberations in the former governor's corruption trial, and while the quicker-than-expected resolution of the courtroom proceedings has been something of a blessing for Democrats, the campaign of Giannoulias' opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk (R), has indicated that it fully intends to remind voters of "the culture of corruption in Illinois furthered by the Blagojevich/Quinn/Giannoulias leadership."

But the Blagojevich trial isn't the end of Democrats' headaches. New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, who faces allegations that he broke congressional ethics rules, is slated to stand trial this fall, as is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has been charged by a House panel with violating conflict-of-interest rules.

Today, we're asking Fixistas which of these three trials -- Blagojevich, Rangel or Waters -- is likely to be the biggest headache for Democrats this fall. Vote below, and give us your reasons in the comments section.

(And thanks for all the responses to yesterday's poll question, "What should Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams do?" The majority of you -- 51 percent -- suggested that Wadhams should go back to South Dakota and plan Sen. John Thune's 2012 run for president. If this ever comes about, remember, folks: you heard it here first.)

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 5, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Fix Daily Poll  
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