Congresspeople under a cloud

A number of Western lawmakers have topped the scandal sheets in the past year. Among those not pictured are Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. (stepping down in 2009), Rep. Heather Wilson, R.-N.M., and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., all of whom reportedly made calls attempting to pressure U.S. attorneys. Former Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., lost his Senate seat to a Democrat while under investigation for his connection to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, but no charges have resulted. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., is now in prison for bribery, conspiracy and tax evasion. Democratic lawmakers in other parts of the country are under scrutiny for corruption, but none have turned up in the West (yet).