Congressman William Keating meets with The Patriot Ledger editorial board Wednesday
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By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct. 16, 2014 @ 3:07 am
Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 3:16 AM
QUINCY – U.S. Rep. William Keating is swinging back hard against his 9th District Republican challenger, John Chapman.
In a Patriot Ledger Editorial Board interview Wednesday, the two-term Bourne Democrat said the Chatham attorney’s attacks on him as being an inactive no-show are “just not true.”
“When the gavel (to adjourn) hits, I’m back in the district,” Keating said. “We’re out all the time, and it’s not just cutting ribbons.”
He pointed to a range of local actions in the past two years, from funding for Marshfield’s airport and coastal jetties and an appeal of new federal flood insurance maps to his efforts to help locate a new federal cybersecurity operation at Joint Base Cape Cod.
He also noted his efforts to open wider markets for the local cranberry industry – including Turkey, among other countries – and his support for hard-pressed fishermen. He said he continues to pursue the development of what he calls a “maritime regional center” for business, education and research. That would include a Massasoit College maritime program in Marshfield.
“We used to look at fishing alone,” Keating said. “Now it’s everything.”
He noted that many of his initiatives came through “across-the-aisle” cooperation with congressional Republicans. Those included a provision to tighten regulations on powerful prescription drugs that can lead to addiction.
Chapman, he said, would instead be allied with the tea party on issues such as opposing an increase in the national debt ceiling and repealing the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
“You have a choice here,” Keating said, referring to Chapman. “Someone who has crossed party lines at crucial moments or someone who would double down on the part of Congress that is intractable.”
Beyond district issues, he said his successful campaign for a congressional committee hearing on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing had both local and national impact – including testimony from what he termed “a very reluctant FBI .”
Keating is the ranking minority member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. He said the marathon bombing hearings were his biggest accomplishment from the 2013-14 term.
And I couldn’t have done it without going across the aisle,” he said.
With the Nov. 4 election just three weeks away, Keating said he expects to have at least one debate with Chapman. None have been scheduled yet.
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