How postal politicians fared last night

The US Postal Service wasn’t exactly a major issue in this year’s election campaign, but postal employees and stakeholders knew that the election results would play a big part in shaping the agency’s future.

In the end of course, not much changed- we still have a divided government- but now there will be increased pressure on Congress to do something to resolve the financial crisis it created with the 2006 PAEA law. Kicking the can down the road will no longer be an option.

For the most part, the same politicians who have failed to come up with a postal solution will be at it again. Here’s how the leading postal players did last night:

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who was a co-author of the 2006 law, won re-election by a two to one margin. Carper will take over the leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee from the retiring Joe Lieberman. (Susan Collins (R-ME) was not up for re-election this time around, but due to term limits, will relinquish her role as Ranking Member on the committee to Tom Coburn (R-OK))

Scott Brown (R-MA), who co-sponsored the postal bill that passed the Senate earlier this year, was defeated by consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren.

In Vermont, Independent Bernie Sanders. who caucuses with the Democrats, and has been the most consistent and outspoken supporter of postal workers in the Senate, easily defeated his Republican opponent.

In the House there were few changes. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) easily defeated his Democratic opponent, and Dennis Ross (R-FL) was unopposed. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who has been one of the few advocates for postal workers in the House, took 76% of the vote in his re-election bid.

Lastly, we should note the defeat of Joe Walsh, who graced this site a year ago after he was caught on video screaming at a constituent, a postal worker, who disagreed with him. Walsh’s re-election odds weren’t helped by his status as a deadbeat dad, or his belittling the injuries of his opponent, a decorated veteran (unlike Walsh), who lost both legs in the Iraq war. Good riddance Joe!


Some reactions to the results from postal observer Alan Robinson: