Bill Keating postcards are now the thing of legend.
Almost all households that have a Democrat or an Independent voter residing there, will have received a torrent of postcard mailings from Bill Keating before Primary Day. Which, by the way, is Thursday, September 6th this year.
Keating is pictured with seniors, small business owners, public officials, fishermen, veterans, healthcare workers, teachers, non-union workers, you get the picture, literally. And these mini bill boards have wonderful design, full color graphics and come in all sizes; small postcard, all the way to fold-em in half to fit in the mail box large.
Yep, Bill Keating has found his advertising niche. One that worked very effectively for him the last time he ran. He has stuck with it, with equally impressive results we might speculate.
Stick with Bill
And so should the voters of this Congresional district. We found a good Congressman to represent the Cape and Islands in Washington, and we should stick with him. If it's working, keep doing it.
And Bill Keating works. In fact, he's the hardest working congressman in the state's delegation. He is perpetual motion, whether in the district or in Washington. He weighs in on all issues important to the the Cape and to the county. He has made his and our voice heard in the Halls of Congress.
He supported the Affordable Care Act, important to seniors' health care security. He supported the President's withdrawing from the war in Iraq and for an orderly draw down in Afgahnistan. Visiting the troops there recently, he re-affirmed his commitment to get veterans not only the health care they need, but also employment opportunities and affordable housing when they return home.
He has signed onto every one of the President's jobs bills that were stymied in the House of Representatives by the Republicans, and voted against each of the House's attempts to give wealthy individuals and big corporations more tax breaks at the expense of workers and small businesses.
Bill Keating has kept his promises to the voters of this district.
The challenger from his own party this year is largely borne out of redistricting. The congressman from the 9th district will soon represent New Bedford and the Southcoast. We think Keating's style of politics, "I'll tell you what I'm going to and do it", will play well there as it does on the Cape.
Cape Wind, which Keating supports, is just as important to New Bedford as it is to Cape Cod. Keating understands that; his opponent does not.
This is only the first race of the season. We see no reason for the Democrats to change horses at this stage. They are going to need the strongest candidate possible to hold back the Republican onslaught on the truth, fueled by bottomless corporate moneybags.