It has been a long time since a Congressman could call Cape Cod home
By the CapeCodTODAY.com Editorial Board
In the last configuration of the our Congressional district ,which included the South Shore and Quincy, Cape Cod was an important part of the district, but not the head, more like the tail of the dog.
Our previous Congressman, Bill Delahunt, who was from Quincy did well representing the Cape, but his base was always the South Shore. Even our current Congressman was first elected with the votes from the Quincy area.
But since the 2010 census, the district has been reconfigured back to its roots to include the South Coast and less of the South Shore. The major population center is now New Bedford.
Bill Keating will have to shift gears to represent New Bedford, but he will do it from his base on Cape Cod.
Already diving in to the issues of the new district, Keating is right at home with the fishing industry.
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New Bedford could have produced its own candidate for Congress, but it is a testament to Bill Keating and his staunch support of traditional democratic values, that his only challengers in November are from Plymouth county.
Keating owes much of his success to a strong staff that is responsive to his constituents, both Democrat and Republican. It takes a keen eye to hire staff, something Keating learned as a District Attorney.
Keating also has a knack for cutting through the noise on an issue and getting to the point.
His willingness to listen to the proponents of the Cape Wind project has put him and the new district smack in the middle of a growth (read jobs) industry. Cape Wind is moving its operations to Falmouth and the State is constructing a terminal in New Bedford from which all future renewable energy projects will be launched into the sea.
Bill Keating will more than hold his own in this election, while also helping the Democratic Senate candidate in this district. He should win handily on Election Day, setting his career and our future in the 9th Congressional District on a path to prosperity.
We look forward to the taking the trip with Congressman Keating.