Cubin Explains Missed Votes

Casper, Wy – Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin has
missed almost half of all House votes this year. She says she's
been forced to stay away from the Capitol due to her husband's
illness, the recent death of her brother, and her own broken foot
last month.
Cubin says it's been an extraordinarily difficult year for her
family. She spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday from the
Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Cubin's husband, Doctor Fritz Cubin, is scheduled to undergo
another surgery at the medical center this week. Doctor Cubin has
long suffered from an immune disorder and has been hospitalized
repeatedly in Casper this year, often in critical condition.
Representative Cubin, a Republican, has missed 427 votes this
year, or 45 percent. That's the third highest percentage in the
House, and the two representatives who have missed more votes than
she has are both dead.
Cubin, who was first elected to the House in 1994, says she is
frustrated by rumors and reports that she may not seek re-election
in 2008. She says that at this point, she absolutely intends to run
again.