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The Top Five Not-Ready-For-Primetime Freshmen

November 10, 2010

5. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.)*

Unlike the previous members of this list, Buerkle hasn't done anything too far-fetched, but her profile is quite conservative for her district, which gave Pres. Obama 56 percent in 2008. Buerkle is leading Rep. Dan Maffei (D), and has taken some very socially conservative views, most notably on abortion rights. Buerkle is a former head of Syracuse Right To Life and was a spokesman for Operation Rescue. She has also protested Planned Parenthood offices with a group that carried a blackened fetus named "Baby Choice."

Honorable Mention

Jon Runyan (R-N.J.): We don't want to to play into football stereotypes, but if Runyan, a former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman has been known to make a few misstatements. In a debate this year, Rep. John Adler (D) asked him to name a recent Supreme Court decision with which he disagreed. Runyan responded with Dred Scott, the decision that declared that slaves cannot be U.S. citizens 150 years ago. Also worth keeping in mind: Runyan was once named the second dirtiest player in the NFL.

*These races haven't been officially called yet, but the Republican is leading in each.

** Ellmers was declared the winner, but Etheridge may call for a recount after the re-canvass.
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