Submitted By Todd on February 13th at 3:58pm
What else is Scott Brown up to besides being a United States Senator? He's busy breathing, of course, and when Scott Brown breathes, the political world shifts.
US Representative William Delahunt said yesterday that he is considering retiring from his congressional seat representing the South Shore and Cape Cod, although he portrayed his deliberations as routine and said they are not related to challenges from Republicans who are energized by Scott Brown’s upset victory in last month’s special Senate election.When they say it's not related to Scott, that means that they're shivering at the mere mention of his Scott's name.
“Every election cycle, I take my time, I think it through, and I think, not about whether I can win or lose, but: ‘Am I in a position to make a difference?’ ’’That's how politicians are - never thinking about whether they're going to win or lose a race. Soon, we'll be hearing about how the Congressman has decided he wants to spend more time with his family.
Delahunt, a Quincy Democrat, said in a telephone interview. “Can I achieve what I want to achieve outside of public life?’’It's a good year for lovers of Cuba and friends of Hugo Chavez to be getting out of politics.
Delahunt, who has not faced a serious challenge since he was elected in 1996, has a campaign war chest of more than $600,000 but has not been aggressively raising money this year, according to federal records. He said he will announce in March whether he will seek reelection.Senator Brown has also knocked Patrick Kennedy out of congress, as you know, so down in Rhode Island the race is on.
The mayor of Providence and the former head of Rhode Island's Democratic party announced Saturday that they would run for U.S. House seat being vacated by Patrick Kennedy.An open seat means the jockeying for position will be fierce amongst Democrats, the party that controls the state.
Mayor David Cicilline and William Lynch officially declared their candidacies less than two hours apart. Cicilline announced last March that he was running for a third term (as mayor), ending speculation that he would seek the governor’s office. By the end of 2009, his campaign had amassed a war chest of more than $750,000. State law would bar him from shifting that money over to a federal campaign, however.How about Buddy Cianci?
Former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci yesterday kept his radio listeners wondering whether he will run for Congress now that U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is leaving public life. Cianci, who hosts a midday radio show on WPRO (630 AM), said he refused to discuss his intentions with reporters waiting for him outside the radio station.Buddy also hasn't ruled out running for Mayor of Providence again, which might look intriguing with Cicilline entering the race for congress.
“I might,” he said. A hugely popular mayor lauded for reviving Providence, Cianci was brought down by a City Hall corruption scandal and served five years in prison on a single federal charge of racketeering conspiracy. He was sprung in 2007.There is a Republican who got in the race before Patrick got out. Were I a voter in the state, I'd be biased toward those who showed this sort of boldness.
After months on the fundraising trail, state Rep. John Loughlin II officially launched his own Republican bid for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District seat last week.With PK in the race, the GOP would have had a good chance of funneling Scott Brown energy and grabbing the seat. It remains to be seen if that opportunity still exists.