The Personal is Political: Reconsidering the Impact of Scandals on Congressional Incumbents

  title={The Personal is Political: Reconsidering the Impact of Scandals on Congressional Incumbents},
  author={Jeff Gulati and Lara Michelle Brown},
  journal={Congress \& the Presidency},
  pages={25 - 49}
Abstract While a number of studies reveal that incumbent members of the House of Representatives are adversely affected by scandal, rarely do these studies analyze a scandal’s impact both on election outcomes and the decision to run for reelection. Studies of retirements in particular, moreover, rarely analyze separately the effects of private (i.e., sex and other moral scandals) and public (i.e., corruption and procedural) scandals or consider media coverage of the scandal. This research… 
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