US Rep. Gwen Moore defeats Democratic challenger

CREATED Aug 12, 2014

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  • WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) addresses members of the The National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Task Force to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Against Women and other groups during a rally in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Capitol Hill June 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. The organizations are rallying for the reauthorization of VAWA, which gives women "legal protection from domestic violence, without regard to race, citizenship status, sexual orientation or gender identity." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore has defeated convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George in a Milwaukee-area Democratic primary.

George was recalled from office in 2003 and convicted in 2004 in a kickback scheme with another lawyer. He said he was running out of frustration with the ineffectiveness of Milwaukee's "political elite."
   
But Moore insisted she was anything but ineffective and said a decade after she was first elected to Congress, she still has a "fire in my belly" when it comes to helping constituents in the 4th District.
   
Moore pointed to her recent partnership with Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen on a human trafficking bill as evidence that she can work with Republicans to get things done even in a Congress where stalemate is the norm.