Mollohan Tries To Clear His Name With W.Va. Voters

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Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Congressman Alan Mollohan isn't going quietly.

Recovering from his May primary loss and nearing the end of a 28-year run in Congress, the West Virginia democrat is trying to clear his name with a 2,700-word e-mail sent to hundreds of constituents.

Mollohan insists he's never violated the public trust or used his office for personal gain.

He said Monday he can accept losing an election, but not the republican-led smear campaign that tarnished his name.

Mollohan lost the democratic nomination by a 12-point margin to State Sen. Michael Oliverio.

He ran a lackluster campaign, despite attacks that portrayed him as corrupt and out of touch.

Mollohan dismissed the allegations as false, but it was too little too late in the face of nationwide voter discontent.

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