Providence Journal endorses Jeff Beatty

ProjoBeatty for Congress

In the 10th Massachusetts Congressional District, comprising the South Shore, Cape Cod, the Islands and part of the South Coast, Republican Jeffrey Beatty, of Harwich, is challenging five-term Democrat William Delahunt. Mr. Beatty is a 10-year U.S. Army and Delta Force veteran, and founded a transportation-security company. A delegation in which all 10 members seem to feel entitled to life tenure could use some shaking up. There is seniority to spare. What would be nice would be some new blood; and one Republican out of ten.

Mr. Delahunt, of Quincy, has lived a good political life as a Quincy city councilor, state representative, district attorney and congressman. He has, it must be admitted, brought some federal "bacon" to the district -- for example, the multimodal-transportation center in Hyannis.

Along the way, Mr. Delahunt has deeply pleased his political master, Sen. Edward Kennedy, by doing everything he can to block the Cape Wind wind-power project in Nantucket Sound, which would help start New England on the road to energy independence and help clean the air of southeastern Massachusetts, which is far too dependent on heavily polluting fossil-fuel plants at Brayton Point, in Somerset, and on the Cape Cod Canal. Sadly, Mr. Beatty also opposes the project, which is being fought by industrial-strength campaign contributors in and around Osterville.

Then there are Mr. Delahunt's carryings-on with the anti-American, anti-Semitic Venezuelan President Hugo Chcas.

Then we have the curious case of Mr. Delahunt's use of the word veteran on the state primary ballot. It appeared under both Mr. Beatty's and Mr. Delahunt's names. But whereas Mr. Beatty's claim of veteran status was unassailable, Mr. Delahunt's was bogus. As a young man the congressman served six months' active duty training in the Coast Guard Reserve. State law is clear that this does not qualify him for veteran's status on the ballot or anywhere else.

Mr. Delahunt compounded the offense when called on it by asserting that the word veteran had been added to his nomination papers by his staff, without his knowledge, after the signatures had been collected, and after he had signed them. Is there fraud here that might jeopardize Mr. Delahunt's legal right to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot?

This unseemly episode recalls a certain well-known comfort in corner-cutting associated with this veteran (here the word is appropriate) of 40 years in politics.

It's time for a change. Jeffrey Beatty for Congress.

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