I have Senator.
It didn't go over great with my group and has not been played in a long time, but it wasn't as bad as all that.
A couple of its issues were not really its fault, truly.
The theme was a bit "pasted on", as they say.
And the game was released during a big boom of boardgaming, and kind of got "lost" in the shuffle, you know?
I just replied yesterday to a post on the 'Geek's forums for Senator; someone claiming that Lang rewrote the rules altogether and that he (Lang) recommended that we scrap the rules in the box and use the new rules.
I'd love to find out how to get a copy of said rules.
I'd be more than happy and willing to give the game another try.