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  Bitter end to 35-year career: [U.S. Rep. Philip] Crane has yet to speak to successor
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Last EditedServo  Dec 13, 2004 04:23pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateMonday, December 13, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith his 35-year congressional career coming to a close, Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.) is leaving government after a defeat he never saw coming and with such a sour taste over his loss that he has yet to speak to his opponent.

After a bitter election that was almost entirely a referendum on Crane's service, his office has not offered his Democratic successor, Melissa Bean, any transition assistance, including the transfer of files she would need to smoothly carry out services for constituents. Such help is a common courtesy that outgoing congressmen typically afford those who take their place, regardless of how nasty the race had been.
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