Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

MA: Congressman resigns to take UMass job (Rep. Martin Meehan accepts Chancellor role)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/07 | Andrew Miga - ap

Posted on 05/09/2007 10:26:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Martin Meehan, known for his work on campaign finance reform, formally submitted his resignation from Congress on Wednesday, paving the way for him to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Meehan, 50, said his resignation letter was delivered to House officials Wednesday morning. His resignation is effective July 1.

University of Massachusetts trustees in March had approved Meehan as head of the Lowell campus, his alma mater. Meehan, who was elected to Congress in 1992, graduated cum laude from UMass-Lowell in 1978.

"I have a strong attachment to the school," said Meehan in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I feel a strong debt to Lowell public schools and UMass Lowell. This is an opportunity to repay that debt with interest."

Meehan carved a national profile advocating campaign finance legislation, accusing the tobacco industry of collusion to promote smoking and pushing to repeal the military's current "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay soldiers.

His departure has sparked an intense race to fill his highly coveted seat, one of 10 U.S. House seats in Massachusetts.

Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, has set a Sept. 4 primary and an Oct. 16 general election to replace him.

A crowd of potential successors already has lined up, including Democrats Niki Tsongas of Lowell, wife of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas; Lowell City Councilor Eileen M. Donoghue; state Reps. Barry Finegold of Andover, James Eldridge of Acton, and James Miceli of Wilmington.

On the Republican side, Air Force Lt. Col. James Ogonowski, whose brother, John, was the pilot of one of the planes that was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks, is the only announced candidate.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: congressman; martinmeehan; resigns

1 posted on 05/09/2007 10:26:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Marty is a perfect fit for UMass - a university that awarded an honorary doctorate to Marxist mass murderer, Robert Mugabe.


2 posted on 05/09/2007 10:30:15 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Good riddance! What a disgraceful lying SOB that guy was! But then he is just like most of the other natives of this hellhole known as Massghanistan.


3 posted on 05/09/2007 10:30:26 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
His departure has sparked an intense race to fill his highly coveted seat, one of 10 U.S. House seats in Massachusetts.

Ante up everyone. The new Mass Gov is taking bids now.

4 posted on 05/09/2007 10:30:42 AM PDT by rhombus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Meehan - an obnoxious cowardly punk.


5 posted on 05/09/2007 10:32:37 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Perfect choice for UMass: Another leftie pol who’s made a career out of slurping at the public trough.

Congrats, Marty!


6 posted on 05/09/2007 10:33:49 AM PDT by RexBeach (Americans never quit. -Douglas MacArthur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Meehan was the very first congressman to start criticizing President Bush about his actions on 9/11, only two days after the attack.


7 posted on 05/09/2007 10:35:48 AM PDT by American Quilter (You can't negotiate with people who are dedicated to your destruction.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MIchaelTArchangel
Massghanistan.

AKA = the GAYstate!

8 posted on 05/09/2007 10:40:27 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (Say what you feel, those that matter don't mind, those that mind, don't matter!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge; All

“”I have a strong attachment to the school,” said Meehan in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I feel a strong debt to Lowell public schools and UMass Lowell. This is an opportunity to repay that debt with interest.” “

Repay debt? I would like to see his new salary : )


9 posted on 05/09/2007 10:42:19 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Meehan gets to join Bulger as another vastly overpaid dishonest vampire sucking on the blood of the Mass. higher ed system!


10 posted on 05/09/2007 10:43:54 AM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RexBeach

And, as Billy Bulger has shown, these UMASS pensions are very good indeed - for some!


11 posted on 05/09/2007 10:43:59 AM PDT by jamaksin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: rockabyebaby

But what about the two highly qualified candidates that UMASS interviewed. Oh that’s right, they don’t have Season Tickets for the New England Patriots. Hey, Marty, how will this affect your Pension? What do you have now? Four? YOU TAX FATTENED HYENA!


12 posted on 05/09/2007 10:45:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: MIchaelTArchangel

His name is Marty Meathead.


13 posted on 05/09/2007 10:48:46 AM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Mahty knows that we'll lose a House seat (thank God!) after the next census and I guess he figures that he'll be the one still standing when the music stops.

So now he'll get a nice little state pension ($100K a year,perhaps) to add to his nice little Congressional pension ($150K a year,perhaps).

14 posted on 05/09/2007 10:51:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chi-townChief
Meehan - an obnoxious cowardly punk.

Yep. And just to show how bad things are in Mass., Meehan was the best we have to offer in our Congressional delegation. {:-[

15 posted on 05/09/2007 10:52:47 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Way to promote from within! No Dems wailing over cronyism here.


16 posted on 05/09/2007 10:56:12 AM PDT by jstassis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
...submitted his resignation from Congress...

That seems a bit unusual. He could not accept the job with the intent to begin following his current term in congress? I would think that for a "high profile" candidate they would fill the position with an interim chancellor until he was available. I wonder if there is more to this story.

17 posted on 05/09/2007 11:04:38 AM PDT by outofstyle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Dems vote 2-1 for Dems in his District. It’s unlikely the seat will go to the GOP.


18 posted on 05/09/2007 11:25:56 AM PDT by Gritty (Supporters of antigun legislation donít want to stop criminals; they want to invent new ones-J Zumbo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gritty

I never voted for Marty and I will cast a vote for anyone who doesn’t a D next to it. I wish Howie Carr would run I have voted for him as a senator for years.

Good Luck Lt Col.


19 posted on 05/09/2007 11:45:27 AM PDT by biggiant1 (MA Republican( seal the borders))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy

LMAO! Tell us how you REALLY feel mass guy!!! LOL! ya gutta luv this $hit!


20 posted on 05/09/2007 1:13:13 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (Say what you feel, those that matter don't mind, those that mind, don't matter!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Marty Meehan was a money-grabbing a-hole---good riddance to bad rubbish.

On the GOP side, I heard Fred Smerlas might run for the seat---Dear God, I hope so!

21 posted on 05/09/2007 1:14:45 PM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: American Quilter

Martin T. (As in Taliban) Meehan


22 posted on 05/09/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Hemingway's Ghost
I heard Fred Smerlas might run for the seat

He bowed out to Jim Ogonowski.
23 posted on 05/09/2007 1:49:30 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Hey GOODBYE!!
24 posted on 05/09/2007 1:56:45 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MassachusettsGOP

any bets on whether or not his district replaces him with someone exactly like him.


25 posted on 05/09/2007 2:02:54 PM PDT by DaiHuy (I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American. (George Carlin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: DaiHuy

Garbage in, garbage out. I think we’ll see Meehan 2.0.


26 posted on 05/09/2007 2:03:44 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: everyone

Being a university chancellor today is probably pretty similar to being a hard-left Rat congressman. Meehan should find it an easy transition.


27 posted on 05/09/2007 2:04:40 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

I know this may sound silly, but is there any chance that a Republican could take this seat??


28 posted on 05/09/2007 2:04:43 PM PDT by Princip. Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Princip. Conservative; DaiHuy; ConservativePatriot
There is a chance Republicans could take this seat, the people are rather Conservative, but they are Democrats. Its actually a pretty unusual district. It voted for Romney over Kennedy in 1994, Weld over Kerry in 1996, and Republicans run ahead of the other non-Boston Congressional Districts in each Gubernatorial election. For example last year Deval Patrick who took 56% statewide, only got 51% back in the 5th.

That being said, you need a good, connected, articulate candidate to win this race, and a favorable environment to Republicans nationwide. I think Ogonowski is good and connected (mb a little lacking on speaking ability), but the Republicans arn't out of the woods yet, and for that reason I think though they might have had a shot in 2002 or 2004, I think its unlikely we can pull my district to the R-Column.
29 posted on 05/09/2007 2:18:42 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson