Massachusetts Isn’t Getting a Republican Congressman

by Patrick Brennan

And Rhode Island isn’t getting a Republican governor, either. High hopes for a few Republicans to pick up normally tough seats in New England have mostly been dashed, unfortunately: Richard Tisei hoped to win in what’s probably Massachusetts’s most conservative congressional district, the North Shore of the state, and John Chapman (Fred Bauer had more on these races for NRO last month) hoped to take a seat on the South Shore, but both have fallen short.

Unfortunately, Tisei, a gay former state senator and former lieutentant governor’s candidate in 2010, faced a tougher opponent than expected: Harvard-educated combat veteran and freshman candidate Seth Moulton, rather than tarnished congressional veteran John Tierney. Chapman had hoped to make a run in a complicated congressional district for Democrats, against incumbent Bill Keating, but he didn’t prevail, either.

Just south of Keating’s district, Republican Allan Fung lost to Democratic candidate Gina Raimondo. With the Left in Rhode Island splintered over Raimondo’s efforts to reform public pensions while she was state treasurer, Fung, the mayor of Cranston, R.I., hoped for an opening — the state, like Massachusetts just north of it, has a history of Republican governors — but he conceded to Raimondo tonight.

There is a silver lining to Raimondo’s victory, though: If she had lost due to having done pension reform, it would marginally diminish the likelihood of Democrats trying it elsewhere — and it’s going to be a long time until Republicans control a lot of the offices that are needed to enact pension reform.

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