Cape Cod TODAY endorses Bill Keating in Tuesday's Democratic Primary
We applaud and support him for leading instead of following
Cape Wind has dominated the public discourse for almost 10 years now on Cape Cod. It has divided our population, in shifting majorities, into those who support and those who oppose. It has defined politics on the Cape for a decade. It has contributed to the success of this website as it has contributed to the demise of the local media.
Cape Wind has the power to inspire or to cower the imagination. Local politicians fear it. Far off voters swoon for it. Statewide, Cape Wind helped elect a Governor.
So why not a Congressman?
The power of this one project has transcended other local issues that voters normally use as litmus tests, like the Cape Cod Commission or the Land Bank Tax as proxies for pro-growth versus preservation. It has replaced reliable social issues like the death penalty and taxes or even abortion as the test.
It has shaped most races here, as it has once again the 10th Congressional District race between, Townie Rob O'Leary and Cape Cod-aphile Bill Keating.
Why not Rob?
As the Cape & Islands State Senator, Rob O'Leary bears this crucible affably. He has been opposed to Cape Wind for as long as it took the local political establishment to tell him to do so.
Some of his closest friends were hired to run opposition to the project by the Cape's monied interests. He adopted their liens against the project in lock step; whether it was the birds, the fishing, the boating, the aviation, the navigation, the tourism, the radar, the native sunrise or the cost.
Bill Keating on the other hand, has had almost no skin in the game until recently. Serving as District Attorney in Norfolk County, he observed the issue and progress of the project from a distance, and hadn't given it much thought until it was time to run for Congress from the 10th.
After an initial knee jerk reaction against the project gauging the political falling out with potential political supporters (with money) who oppose, the benefits to the district, the state and the nation, became more clear to him. They eventually outweighed the drawbacks.
As the various constituencies began to pile up, the numbers began to add up, and in Keating's mind, it became a no brainer.
Keating is thus the only candidate in the race for the 10th Congressional District to support Cape Wind. For recognizing the seminal importance of energy as an issue and supporting one of the pillars of the renewable energy revolution, we applaud Bill Keating, for leading instead of following.
Having been given the chance once again to allow his tremendous intellect to see through the malfeasance of the opposition, but for holding steadfastly to the misrepresentations and misinformation of the opposition for the sake of political expediency, and for following instead of leading on this issue, we deride the State Senator from the Cape and Islands and wish him a happy retirement.
It's "conscience time" for all the rest of our local pols
Now that Ted Kennedy is no longer here to hold their feet to the fire, and to cover their asses, local politicians are free to follow their conscience and lead us directly into the winds of change. One has chosen to follow that course.
We need that kind of leadership today. That leadership comes to the 10th Congressional District as Bill Keating.