The Congressional District which includes Cape Cod was once the second most conservative district in Massachusetts, second only to The Bershires which retains the title.
But that was a distinction it lost when Democrat Gerry Studds replaced Republican Hastings Keith in 1973.
However the National Republican party sees a chance to retake this district due to the votes for Gabriel Gomez in the district when he lost to Ed Markey last month in a statewide contest.
In the current issue of the Washington political journal Roll Call, Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said, “He did outperform Markey in the 9th District by 7 points".
Ex-DA tops Ex-Seal
The present 9th Congressional District may be the state's most liberal, but it also prefers progressive pols who are liberal on social issues while being conservative on fiscal ones.
That's a pretty good description of our present Congressman Bill Keating.
It's also a mistake to confuse Keating's rep with Markey's.
Gomez, on the other hand, is conservative on both fiscal AND social issues - a trend which may please the present GOP hierarchy while turning off Massachusetts voters.
Keating was an aggressive District Attorney in Norfolk County for a decade before running for congress in 2010. His DA record was exemplary being the only Massachusetts DA who went after Whitey Bulger.
Read the Roll Call story here.
Read the recent stories about Gomez here.
Read the recent stories about Keating here.
Check out Hastings Keith here.
Check out Gerry Studds here.