Oct. 22 – U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, a republican and chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is virtually guaranteed re-election Nov. 3 – he faces himself on the ballot.
Shuster is on the ballot as both the Republican and the Democratic candidate, having waged a successful write-in campaign during the May primaries.
It’s no wonder Shuster is popular in his home district. He has brought a lot of highway projects to his rural district in south-central Pennsylvania, such as Interstate 99, more commonly known as Bud Shuster Highway. Last summer’s highway bill included money for lane widening, traffic signal improvements, a truck climbing lane and other projects in his district.
Shuster’s popularity does not seem to have waned in the wake of allegations regarding ethics, reports the Associated Press. For nearly three years, there have been questions surrounding his ties with a transportation lobbyist and former chief of staff who faces federal fraud and conspiracy charges. In 1996, facing his first opponent in 12 years, Shuster won with 74 percent of the vote.