And Sinking in the South: Sutter

My colleague Professor Cunningham just highlighted the incredibly shrinking campaign by Andrea Nuciforo in MA-1.  I might just quibble with him on one point: the Bristol DA’s campaign for the Democratic nomination in MA-9 is giving Nuciforo’s a run for its money.

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter has been hit by reports detailing alleged impropriety in his office.  His response was, how shall we put this, interesting.  In the Cape Cod Times, Sutter deflected criticism of his office and then issued this challenge:

“If Bill Keating wants to make this campaign about my record as district attorney against his record as district attorney and if he wants to make it about my integrity against his integrity, I would be happy to do that,” Sutter said. “But this campaign should really be about the issues facing the region and the country.”

Ok.  The issues raised against Sutter were not raised by Keating and the Keating camp has had little to say about them.  And Sutter just challenged Keating to go after him on what the issue of integrity.  Given press reports on the conduct of his office in two separate murder indictments, that may not have been the best challenge to make.

The Sutter campaign began with an announcement address that misrepresented votes Keating took and two weeks later it responded, poorly, to press reports of either prosecutorial abuse or incompetence.  What exactly is its argument to Democrats in MA-9 to deny renomination to their (mostly!) incumbent member of Congress in light of all of this?

To say this is a poor start is to put the situation in the best possible light.  It’s not going out on a limb to suggest that Keating’s path to renomination was greatly enhanced over the past two weeks.

About Peter Ubertaccio

Peter Ubertaccio is the Director of Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College in Easton and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science & International Studies. His work focuses on political parties, marketing and institutions. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Professor Ubertaccio and his family live on Cape Cod where he is on the Board of Directors of the OpenCape Corporation and the Sandwich Economic Initiative Corporation.
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