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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Packing his bags

Does Bill Keating have frequent mover miles? With a second relocation in the works just to qualify for a job in Washington, you have to hope so.

In the end, the legislative redistricting committee did the right thing, making the first-term Keating the odd man out. After a move from Sharon to Quincy to qualify for the seat vacated by Bill Delahunt, Keating will need to move full time to his summer home in Bourne if he wants to keep representing the southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod district.

And move he will, to avoid going up against fellow incumbent Steve Lynch, who swallows up party of Keating's current stomping grounds.

Not that the move is a sure thing for Keating. His new district includes New Bedford, stripped from the serpentine monster that now constitutes Barney Frank's district. And a community that, while quite happy with Frank, is more than ready to assert its own identity, which doesn't always match that of the Cape and islands.

Things could also get interesting for John Tierney, whose cozy world was rocked with the addition of a few Republican-leaning communities that might look askance on the misdeeds of his wife Patrice. A credible Republican candidate, like former state Sen. Richard Tisei, could mount a far stronger candidate than Bill Hudak.

In the end, the results are far better than what the Globe insinuated could be result of an effort where one of the co-chairs has long had his eyes on a seat. Instead of heading to congress based on his handiwork, Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg bid adieu or at least delayed his quest to follow his mentor, John Olver.

And a whole heck of a lot better than the legislative map drawn 10 years ago by former House Speaker Tom Finneran, a plan than placed him firmly in the Indicted Speakers Club.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absent the nut laden campaign that Hudak, a completely inappropriate candidate, Tierney would have been defeated last election. A remaining question is, without the tea party hysteria clouding voters judgements, is Tierney a strong enough candidate to successfully take on a foe such as Tisei who still wants to advance his political career and the conservative movement? I don't know.

November 08, 2011 12:01 PM  

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