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U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)
Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack

Posted on 02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot

U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election.

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Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.

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Early sign that he may not run.

Another opportunity for a House seat.

1 posted on 02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Delahunt began his corrupt career because of 1 judge
who overturned the voters.

HOW DNC is that?


2 posted on 02/27/2010 4:13:39 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

That little matter of Amy Bishop will assure Delahunt’s departure.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 4:14:31 AM PST by Carley
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To: Palmetto Patriot

As of now, I think Perry is the best guy to fall-in behind. Heldund’s personal adventures personal adventures are enough to make him a really flawed candidate.

As an aside, Perry also has a little military experience (very little), which makes him awfully unusual for a Mass GOP candidate.


4 posted on 02/27/2010 4:17:32 AM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: Diogenesis

Are their any strong candidates looking to take the seat from the Dems?


5 posted on 02/27/2010 4:18:10 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Carley
That little matter of Amy Bishop will assure Delahunt’s departure.

Agreed. He knew he was facing an uphill battle to begin with seeing how Brown carried his district last month.

6 posted on 02/27/2010 4:22:39 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Palmetto Patriot

There are plenty of ways you can hurt a man and bring him to the ground
You can beat him, you can cheat him
You can treat him bad and leave him when he’s down
But I’m ready, yes I’m ready for you
I’m standing on my own two feet
Out of the doorway the bullets rip, repeating the sound of the beat. Oh yeeeah
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone
And another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, I’m gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust


7 posted on 02/27/2010 4:23:45 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Following from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Delahunt

1996 Congressional election
Delahunt was first elected after a primary battle against Phil Johnston of Marshfield and Ian Bowles of Woods Hole. Johnston was initially declared the winner. A recount conducted in a handful of contested towns preserved Johnston’s victory though by a narrower margin. Following the recount, Delahunt sought judicial review in the Massachusetts Superior Court and Judge Elizabeth Donvan conducted a de novo review of the contested ballots and declared Delahunt the victor by a 108-vote margin. The case appealed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which upheld the lower court ruling. The case is also noteworthy for the issue of “hanging chads” in punch-card voting machines.

In November 2005, he met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and engineered a deal in which Venezuela would supply winter home heating oil at a 40 percent price reduction to thousands of low-income Massachusetts residents. The deal was carried out via the Venezuelan owned Citgo, and brought accusations that Delahunt was assisting an anti-American leader.
He has been a consistent opponent of the war in Iraq.

During a June 26, 2008 hearing, Delahunt pressed David Addington, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, regarding harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. Addington commented that he could not give specifics, speculating that al Qaeda might watch C-SPAN. Delahunt sparked outrage when he said, “Well, I’m sure they are watching, and I’m glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington,” to which Addington replied “Yeah, I’m sure you’re pleased.” The remarks were quickly condemned by Cheney’s office as well as Representative Steve King as inappropriate and as an incitement of violence by al Qaeda against Addington.

In February 2010, questions were raised about how Delahunt and the Norfolk County D.A.’s office had handled the case of Amy Bishop. Bishop was arrested in Huntsville, Alabama, after shooting six co-workers at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Reports linked Bishop to the shooting death of her brother in Braintree in 1986. At the time no criminal charges were brought against Ms. Bishop.

While Congress is in session, Delahunt lives in a rented house with fellow Democratic politicians George Miller, Chuck Schumer, and Richard Durbin. (Isn’t that a delightful quartet; perhaps Delahunt can influence their departure as well)


8 posted on 02/27/2010 4:30:31 AM PST by phil_t
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To: Pollster1

Bad sign for House Dems. What must those in marginal districts be thinking if Delahunt is pulling out?

Ike Skelton of MO and Collin Peterson of MN are already changing their tune on EPA regulations:

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/02/26/26greenwire-two-key-house-dems-move-to-block-epa-regulator-62739.html

Ms Nancy may be losing support for her radical agenda. Is that why we haven’t seen reconciliation yet?


9 posted on 02/27/2010 4:39:28 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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Good. Let’s hope he spends all his money.


10 posted on 02/27/2010 4:40:36 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Carley
That little matter of Amy Bishop will assure Delahunt’s departure.

I'm surprised by that. For many decades most Massachusetts voters did not seem to mind that their elected officials killed people.

11 posted on 02/27/2010 4:41:41 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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I'm surprised by that. For many decades most Massachusetts voters did not seem to mind that their elected officials killed people.

Good quote and memorable tagline.

After all these decades, the enablers and suckups for Kennedys will be meeting their Maker and have the opportunity to learn their eternal fate.

12 posted on 02/27/2010 4:51:48 AM PST by pointsal ( try MagicJack if you have had enough of Verizon)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

One wonders why these people spend vast amounts of money to get into an office that pays far less than what they spend to get into it. Is it power? Is it the perks - the lifelong benefits? Is it the power that continues even when they leave office - their (paid) influence with lawmakers? Is is that every word that falls from their golden mouths is worth thousands - speeches, memoirs, books?


13 posted on 02/27/2010 6:04:47 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Palmetto Patriot
HOLD ON NOW ... Why not a "death tax" for campaign war chests?
14 posted on 02/27/2010 6:19:23 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Roll back Pelosi" Rush Limbaugh, 2/12/10)
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To: phil_t

Interesting. I had no idea that the Bush/Gore recount of 2000 and WA governor (Gregoire/Rossi) recount of 2004, and Frankin/Coleman recount of 2008 had its historical roots traced back to MA in 1996.

Was the Delahunt race the first (or one of the first) of the Dems’ recount practices?

Wow - they’re been doing this for over 14 years. Probably longer, right? No wonder they’re getting so good at stealing elections.


15 posted on 02/27/2010 8:15:49 AM PST by KeatsforFirstDog
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To: Palmetto Patriot; surrey; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; yongin; Crichton

Delahunt announces retirement. http://mobile.boston.com/art/36/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/03/delahunt_will_n?single=1


16 posted on 03/04/2010 5:43:13 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

This is AWESOME!!!


17 posted on 03/04/2010 5:51:53 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Camelot sleeps with the fishes!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Herald reporting it as well:

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20100304william_delahunt_will_not_run_for_re-election/srvc=home&position=0


18 posted on 03/04/2010 5:56:28 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Camelot sleeps with the fishes!)
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To: GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; Impy

The only downside here is the same with the Patches seat, with a troubled Dem incumbent standing aside, it helps the Dems more in holding the seat.


19 posted on 03/04/2010 5:56:55 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Great news!

More for House Dems to consider as they make their decisions re: Health Care.


20 posted on 03/04/2010 6:09:50 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I disagree. Patches was vulnerable solely because he was the candidate, but in MA-10 it is the district itself that put Delahunt in trouble. Sure, the Amy Bishop thing would hurt Delahunt but not his RAT replacement, but whoever runs for the RATs will face an electorate hostile towards the Democrats (the MA-10 gave Scott Brown what, 60%?) while not being able to benefit from districtwide name ID,years of goodwill, access to donors, and all of the other benefits of incumbency.

In conclusin, I think that our odds of winning went up, not down, with Delahunt’s resignation.


21 posted on 03/04/2010 6:26:43 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT

I think you’re right.

The chances in the RI seat may be diminished a bit but not MA-10.

So far the CT Senate race is the only real kick in the pills as far as candidate switching goes. And NY Governor of course.


22 posted on 03/04/2010 9:40:48 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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