MASSACHUSETTS CONGRESSMAN DEMOCRAT BILL DELAHUNT NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION (VIDEO)…
Delahunt, a Democrat, has served seven terms in the House. His district includes Cape Cod and parts of the South Shore.
The 68-year-old told the Globe he had been considering leaving the House for several years, but was talked out of it by Sen. Ted Kennedy. He says he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
Quincy residents spoke out about Delahunt’s decision on Friday morning.
"About 65, still got good health, and I think you have to know when to hold ’em and fold ’em…the given environment now is in such deadlock is not conducive to good things," said Delahunt supporter Jay Stearns.
Delahunt has been at the center of some controversy over the past few weeks about his involvement in the Amy Bishop case back in the 1980’s.
According to the Boston Globe, Delahunt’s decision is not related to the recent controversy surrounding his involvement in the Bishop case. The college professor is accused of murdering three colleagues at the University of Alabama in February.
Bishop, who grew up in Braintree, shot and killed her brother in 1986. Delahunt was the presiding district attorney at the time. He decided not to file charges against her after State Police determined the brother’s death was accidental.
Delahunt told reporters last week that Bishop probably should have been charged.
"There should have been an arrest. She should have been charged in the district court with assault by means of a dangerous weapon," Delahunt said.
Sen. John Kerry has released a statement about the resignation that reads in part: "This departure leaves a void because Bill Delahunt is an incredibly strong voice for Massachusetts in Washington."
Delahunt’s decision comes shortly after Rhode Island Demo Patrick Kennedy’s announcement he will not seek re-election. In addition, Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut has also announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Meanwhile, Joseph Kennedy III, a Cape Cod prosecutor and one of the twin sons of former Congressman Joe Kennedy said he is not interested in Delahunt’s seat right now.
This will end a 40-year political career for Rep. Delahunt. He will be addressing his supporters at Quincy City Hall on Friday afternoon.