March 5th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Massachusetts Democratic congressman to retire

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Washington (CNN) Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt will announce Friday that he will not seek an eighth term, the 18th Democrat who has decided to leave the House at the close of the 111th Congress.

Delahunt's long-rumored decision to retire was first reported late Thursday evening by The Boston Globe , and subsequently confirmed by the senior senator from Massachusetts and the congressman's spokesman.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, released a statement praising his colleague shortly after the Globe story was posted on its Web site.

"This departure leaves a void because Bill Delahunt is an incredibly strong voice for Massachusetts in Washington," Kerry said in the statement.

It is unclear who or how many Democrats will seek to succeed Delahunt in the congressional district that stretches from Boston all the way down to Cape Cod. Newly-minted Republican Sen. Scott Brown won this congressional district in the January special election to fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.

Among Republicans, former Massachusetts Treasurer Joe Malone is said to be mulling a bid for the seat.

Of the 18 Democrats who are leaving the House, 11 will retire outright and the remaining seven are seeking higher political office. Delahunt is the second Democrat in recent days to announce he is retiring. New York Rep. Eric Massa said earlier in the week that he was leaving when his term ends.

Across the aisle, 19 Republicans are leaving the House at the end of the year, 12 who have decided to run for higher office and seven who are retiring.

Filed under: William Delahunt
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. billincalif

    SMART MOVE! Better to leave under your own power than be shown the door by the ear and booted out. R.I.P. DIMRATS 2010.

    March 5, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Emmanuel Goldstein

    This is certainly welcome news in Norwell, where Delahunt, while prosecutor, threw the police under the bus when he refused to prosecute a woman who falsely accused 5 guys of raping her. When confronted with medical evidence of no sex, let alone no rape, she admitted that she didn't know, she woke up on their sofa after a party so she simply assumed it happened. Police swore out a complaint for filing a false report, but Delahunt was running for Congress and did not want to anger women, so he "nol prossed" it. The police who did exhaustive work to first investigate, and then exonerate the men accused, were mighty ticked off at Delahunt.

    March 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. this black liberal hates Obama

    Another Demo. Bites the Dust!

    There's a lot more where that came from, Stay Tune!


    March 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. this black liberal hates Obama


    Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) has just Resigned.

    Man this day just keeps getting better and better.


    March 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. mkielm

    Such grace, such poise, such humility. My fellow Americans. My fellow Christians?

    "We have thrown down a light burden, which is the reprehending of our own selves, and we have chosen instead to bear a heavy burden, by justifying our own selves and condemning other." – Abbot John

    March 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Some congressmen are getting the message. GO HOME

    March 5, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. this black liberal hates Obama

    Keep Dreaming, Mass Hysteria, Keep Dreaming

    March 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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