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  Rookie Congressman Bill Foster: Win Sends Message
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Last EditedGerald Farinas  Mar 09, 2008 06:53pm
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News DateMonday, March 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Honolulu Advertiser

A day after snagging Dennis Hastert's congressional seat, Democrat Bill Foster knew Sunday he didn't have much time to savor the victory. Foster's weekend win will be a fleeting one for Democrats unless he can hold on to the seat in the fall election for a new, full term. "The best way to establish a long-term career in Congress is to do a good job from Day One," Foster said. A millionaire physicist and businessman, Foster defeated wealthy Republican Jim Oberweis after a contentious campaign with 53 percent of the nearly 100,000 votes cast in the special election Saturday.

Foster chalked up his win to voters dissatisfied with Republicans and to demographic changes caused by ever-spreading suburban sprawl. He said his win carries a message for both political parties. "People on both sides should take the message that we want people who are less divisive, less ideological and more problem-solving," he said.

Republicans have downplayed Foster's win saying that "one election in one state does not prove a trend."
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