Democrats are dropping like flies.
Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts, a seven-term Democrat described by Boston.com as “one of the House’s most ardent and reliable liberals,” will announce tomorrow (March 5) he will not seek re-election to Congress. He was the first member of the Massachusetts delegation to endorse Obama in the primaries.
As is typical of politicians not seeking reelection, Delahunt denies that his decision has anything to do with politics, specifically the wave of anti-incumbent anger sweeping the country. He says he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his infant granddaughter. Blah, blah, blah.
A close friend of the late Ted Kennedy, Delahunt has faced recent questions about his handling of the 1986 Amy Bishop shooting case, which occurred when he was Norfolk County district attorney. Delahunt said his office was not told that Bishop fled with a loaded weapon after killing her brother in what police then called an accident. Delahunt insists that the case has absolutely nothing to do with his decision to retire, saying vaguely that his retirement is because “Life is about change. I think it’s healthy. It’s time.”
His retirement gives the GOP hope of capturing the seat, which stretches from Cape Cod to the South Shore. Voters in Delahunt’s 10th District gave Republican Scott Brown his best margins in the state in the special Jan. 19 election to fill Kennedy’s seat. Many Democrats — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — had urged Delahunt to stay another term, worried that the volatile campaign environment could give the GOP a chance at the seat. Joseph P. Kennedy III’s decision earlier this week not to seek the seat makes Democrats even more nervous.
Delahunt’s retirement is the 17th among House Democrats, and the third among lawmakers with close ties to Kennedy. Senator Christopher Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and a close Kennedy friend, announced his retirement in January; Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy, the late senator’s son, followed suit last month.
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