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Bill Delahunt won't run again

Massachusetts Rep. Bill Delahunt will not seek reelection this fall, the 18th Democrat to step aside in advance of the 2010 election and the second in as many days.

"It's got nothing to do with politics," Delahunt told the Boston Globe. "Life is about change. I think it's healthy. It's time."

Republicans quickly sought to make Delahunt's retirement part of a broader national narrative. "Given the week Democrats have had, it should come as no surprise that the toxic political environment has swallowed up another one of their own," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain.

Delahunt's 10th district, which includes much of the territory south and east of Boston -- as well as Cape Cod and Nantucket -- went for President Barack Obama with 55 percent in 2008 although Sen. Scott Brown did carry his district in the January Senate special election, as did Mitt Romney in his run for governor in 2002.

Delahunt's retirement had been rumored for months -- so much so that Joseph Kennedy III had to knock down speculation that he was preparing to run for the seat.

Republicans, buoyed by Brown's victory, are increasingly optimistic about the candidacy of former state Treasurer Joe Malone. Malone released an internal survey last month that showed him leading Delahunt 37 percent to 34 percent.

Delahunt's retirement comes less than 24 hours after New York Rep. Eric Massa (D) announced he would not seek a second term -- imperiling a Democratic seat. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) carried Massa's district in 2008.

Sixteen Democrats have announced they will retire at the end of the 111th Congress. Two others -- Reps. Robert Wexler (Fla.) and Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii) -- have resigned their seats but the special elections to replace them have yet to happen.

Nineteen Republicans are leaving Congress including Rep. Nathan Deal who will resign his seat following the House vote on health care. Another Republican -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart -- is seeking to switch seats in Florida.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 8:39 PM ET
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Now if that state can just get rid of Barney Frank and do the rest of the country a favor!

Posted by: tbastian | March 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat crook bites the dust. That is two crooks and a sexual predator, all in the past 24 hours.

Good job, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob11
Nanny State Pelosi has one deep swamp to cleanout. Keep cleaning up the most ethical congress in history.

Posted by: leapin | March 5, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

William Delahunt's image has been badly tarnished in recent weeks. The first blow came with revelations involving a botched 1986 investigation involving Amy Bishop, the professor who gunned down three fellow teachers in Huntsville, Ala. earlier this year.
Delahunt was the DA at the time when Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother at home in Braintree, Ma. with a pump shotgun. The killing was ruled an accident at the time but the case has since been reopened. A formal inquest has been scheduled by the current DA William Keating who could run for Delahunt's seat. As a Bay Stater I can say this story has been top news for weeks.
The second revelation involving the Congressman occurred within the past two weeks when the Boston Herald reported that members of Delahunt's family, including his ex-wife, have all been on the payroll funded by Delahunt's campaign warchest. While it might not be illegal the news smacked of nepotism and being a hack politican.
Delahunt was also a Ted Kennedy ally and the political landscape has changed inside the state's Congressional delegation with Kennedy's death and the election of Republican Scott Brown.
In announcing his much expected retirement, Delahunt saw the handwriting on the wall, both with the anti-incumbent mood and his own self-inflicted political wounds.

Posted by: pjsilva | March 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Any Democrat who votes for the sellout to the insurance cartel might as well save the trouble of running.
BTW anyone want to talk about the 54 billion giveaway to the nuclear power industry.

Posted by: miriamac2001 | March 4, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Delahunt never saw, as a DA, a criminal with deep pockets that wasn't worthy of a lighter sentence. His time, as a member of Congress was largely spent on Kerry's coattails. He could see the writing on the wall for Progressive Dems in office, and the Bishop case put him over the edge.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | March 4, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse


I know that people are sick of Obama - but some of the deepest democratic areas are not going to go Republican.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:59 PM

Jeff Perry can do it, 37. The district he's running in is not "the deepest democratic.." At least not by Mass standards.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 4, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I remember my dad always used to play a song by Queen called "Another One Bites the Dust." My dad is a democrat.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 4, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse


I know that people are sick of Obama - but some of the deepest democratic areas are not going to go Republican. A Kennedy might go for this seat. I think the Kennedys might be having second thoughts about all of this - and Patrick Kennedy is going to go out - so they might want a replacement Kennedy in there.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it - did the democrats really negotiate a deal with the Catholic Bishops - and then renege ???

I can see no other way to see it.

Why weren't the Senate democrats on board with the deal?

Why wasn't the Stupak compromise in the Senate bill ????

It just seems the most outrageous thing - to negotiate a deal - get headlines that the Catholic Bishops have signed onto the deal - and then turn your back on the deal.

Obama should have never stood for that - it is outrageous.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe that the Republicans can pick up this seat.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:27 PM

We'll do it 37. I believe Delahunt's own internal polling was probably below 50%. Don't know who the dems will run. Jeff Perry is in it for the republicans. He's a good candidate.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 4, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

It is pretty simple -

Obama time and time again has made statement that he wants to ignore the economy and concentrate on creating a massive spending program.

Obama sees the economic crisis as an opportunity to jam his programs through - not as a time a cut back and get a jobs program in place.

Obama wants to spend YOUR money at a time when everyone wants to save.

Obama wants to raise YOUR taxes at a time when people don't know if they can pay the bills they have.

It is obvious.

Obama has lost the confidence of the American People - Obama was given a chance by the American People and he blew it - right away - there was almost no time when Obama did the right thing -

Right off the bat, Obama was off violating his campaign promises - turning his back on bipartisanship.

Obama spent two years running around the country telling everyone that he could bring the parties together in Washington.

And what did he do? He turned his back on bipartisanship at the first opportunity.

At the first meeting, Obama and his people told the Republicans they won the election and everything was going to be their way.


This is the most pathetic job performance in the history of the country.

OUT - out with all of them.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It is hard to believe that the Republicans can pick up this seat.

We will have to see.

There is a Governor's race this year - and Tim Cahill will run as an Independent - maybe Delahunt has internal polling which says he is toast.

It is hard to believe.

It really is.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

bye bye dems. for fifty years. come back when we can afford you.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 4, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat crook bites the dust. That is two crooks and a sexual predator, all in the past 24 hours.

Good job, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"It's got nothing to do with politics,"...

Yeah, sure!

The dems are facing reality: resign or commit unassisted political suicide.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 4, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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