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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Radical Middle

2001-2002 Positions

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Harry Reid 30%
Silvestre Reyes 20%
Thomas Reynolds 5%
Jay Rockefeller IV 20%
Ciro Rodriguez 30%
Mike Rogers 10%
Mike Ross 25%
Steve Rothman 40%
Jim Ryun 10%
Martin Olav Sabo 20%
Loretta Sanchez 20%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 20%
Rick Santorum 35%
Paul Sarbanes 35%
Jim Saxton 5%
Edward Schrock 10%
John Shadegg 5%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 20%
Christopher Shays 50%
Donald Sherwood 5%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 15%
Ike Skelton 10%
Gordon Smith 20%
Nick Smith 10%
Olympia Snowe 25%
Vic Snyder 35%
Mark Souder 35%
Arlen Specter 15%
John Spratt, Jr. 15%
Pete Stark 55%
Cliff Stearns 5%
Charles Stenholm 20%
Ted Stevens 10%
Ted Strickland 15%
Bart Stupak 20%
John Sullivan 10%
John Sununu 10%
John Sweeney 15%
Tom Tancredo 30%
John Tanner 5%
Ellen Tauscher 25%
William Tauzin II 15%
Charles Taylor 5%
Gene Taylor 10%
Lee Terry 15%
Craig Thomas 20%
William Thomas 10%
Todd Tiahrt 10%
John Tierney 40%
Ed Towns 35%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 40%
James Turner 15%
Mark Udall 40%
David Vitter 10%
George Voinovich 20%
James Walsh 15%
Zach Wamp 25%
John Warner 15%
Diane Watson 25%
Mel Watt 20%
Henry Waxman 50%
Anthony Weiner 30%
David Weldon 15%
W. Curtis Weldon 10%
Gerald Weller 5%
Robert Wexler 40%
Ed Whitfield 15%
Heather Wilson 10%
Frank Wolf 35%
Lynn Woolsey 60%
David Wu 35%
Albert Wynn 30%
Bill Young 5%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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