It looks like people are already eyeballing Congressman William R. Keating’s (D) seat for 2012.
The Legislature this week approved the revised Congressional districts, which eliminates Rep. Keating’s 10th District and, with some revisions to its borders, replaces it with the Ninth District. Keating already plans to run for re-election, and a handful of potential challengers has already emerged, including Bristol County’s DA Sam Sutter and former State Senator Robert A. O’Leary on the Democratic side, and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson on the Republican side.
Jeff Perry, the former Republican state rep who ran against (and lost to) Keating last year, said he is not planning on a re-match in 2012, and that’s not at all surprising. As you might recall, Perry was roasted over an open fire because of his past relationship with a disgraced Wareham cop, and I can’t imagine he’d want to go through that again — because it’s pretty much a guarantee that the folks who ground their axes down to nubs last year would buy brand-new axes to grind next year.