Keating Wins; Takes Aim At Perry


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by Sarah Birnbaum, 89.7 WGBH
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010
QUINCY, Mass. -- The winner of the Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 10th Congressional district is Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating.
Keating beat out state Sen. Robert O’Leary from the Cape and Islands by 54% to 46%.  In the general election, Keating will compete against Republican Jeff Perry to succeed seven-term Democratic Congressman William Delahunt, who is stepping down at the end of this term.

In his primary night acceptance speech, Keating told the crowd that Washington is broken.  
"We all see Washington wasting our money, and we're all nervous about the state of the economy today."  
"We all have friends and neighbors out of work.  And we’re all sick of our jobs being sent overseas," Keating said. "We all see Washington wasting our money, and we’re all nervous about the state of the economy today and the pile of debt our rising deficit will leave to all of our children tomorrow."
Keating promised to fight to bring jobs to Massachusetts, to cut wasteful government spending and to break American dependence on foreign oil.
That pleased supporters like Kevin Harrington of Canton, who said that Keating would also fight to protect the country’s most vulnerable citizens. "He’s done a lot for abused women and children and for autism.  I would love to see him go to Washington," Harrington said.
The 58-year-old Keating is a former state legislator and is in his third term as the Norfolk County district attorney. He wasted no time in going after Perry, his scandal-plagued opponent in the general election.
Supporters of William Keating, the Democratic nomineeefor the 10th Congressional District, gathered at his victory  party in Quincy on Tuesday night. (Sarah Birnbaum for WGBH)
Perry, a former police sergeant in Wareham in the early 1990s, is accused of standing by as one of his officers conducted strip searches of teenage girls.  Perry has denied any wrongdoing, but Keating said that Perry still has a lot to answer for.
"Mr. Perry, you stood five steps away as your partner on the force sexually assaulted a young girl," Keating said. "But Mr. Perry, if you couldn’t see something so despicable happening right under your nose, how on earth can we depend on you to see what’s going on in Washington?"

Keating pledged to hold Perry accountable during the election, which is expected to be a vicious race. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown captured the 10th Congressional District by 20 points in the special election for Senate last January. Political forecasters say Republicans have a real shot of flipping the seat from blue to red.   
The general election will be held on November 2nd.