Bill Keating faces Sam Sutter in Democratic Party Primary
Incumbent has 4-to-1 money fund-raising advantage
by Walter Brooks
The new 9th Congressional District includes the old 10th District plus parts of the South Shore where incumbent Bill Keating's challenger Sam Sutter has his strength.
Despite this "big city" advantage, Phil Johnston, who is backing Keating, says this is the Congressman’s race to lose pointing out there are only two cities (New Bedford and part of Fall River) in the newly formed 9th District. The Democratic Party Primary is Sept. 6.
Johnston added, "Keating’s gotten a lot of support in New Bedford and Fall River."
"Retiring Congressman Barney Frank, who’s very popular in New Bedford, has publicly endorsed him. Bill has a very, very strong base of support on Cape Cod and the South Shore. In those two areas, which comprise about two-thirds of the district, I don’t think anyone ever heard of Sutter.”
Sam Sutter, like the incumbent a county district attorney, claims that the partisanship in the present Congress is the reason for its failure to accomplish anything. And he blamed money.
The PACs tell the tale
A WBUR report today says that since Sutter will not accept money from political action committees, he is at a disadvantage since Keating has brought in close to $800,000 through June, most of that from PACs while Sutter has raised a little under $200,000.
His facts have been challenged often during his acrimonious campaign to unseat a successful Democratic incumbent.
As two examples, Sutter writes that Congressman Keating only offered a single line in response to a general question about Pilgrim Nuclear and that the quote in question is equivocal. This is false. Keating spoke about Pilgrim Nuclear at length during the Chamber event referenced.
Worse yet, Sutter called out the Congressman on a response to a question if he thought that Pilgrim Nuclear met the standards to deserve to have their license renewed. As a responsible political, and not a nuclear scientist, Mr. Keating suggested that issue should be decided by qualified experts, not pols.
C. Samuel Sutter (don't you just love guy who use initials like that) is always bragging about his record as a District Attorney, despite the misconduct allegations listed below.
The public radio report adds that one of the issues in the race is Cape Wind. The two debated the project on New England Cable News last month. Sutter had opposed locating the offshore wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. Keating supported putting the project where it is.
Here are the past problems with Sam Sutter's fitness for office:
Read the WBUR story here.