U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch Wins Handily Over Challenger Mac D’Alessandro
September 14, 2010
By Erik Potter
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch voted against President Obama's health care plan and took some heat for that during the primary campaign.
So he was feeling vindicated by Tuesday's 9th Congressional District Democratic primary, which he won by a 2-to-1 ratio.
Now, as he moves toward a Nov. 2 race against the Republican winner, Vernon Harrison, Lynch said the votes in Congress that he had to defend in the primary will help him in the general election.
"One of the chief complaints against Democrats is that the Democrats typically follow Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi blindly. That's been a real criticism, especially on the Wall Street bailout and the health care bill and others," Lynch said from his victory party in Dorchester.
"Because I have exercised some independence with Democratic leadership, that charge doesn't stick with me," he said.
Lynch, 55, of South Boston, faced a primary challenge from the left from Mac D'Alessandro, 40, of Milton, who attempted to galvanize support from liberals and progressives.
On the Republican side, Vernon Harrison, 54, a data technologist from Braintree, won with about 63 percent of the vote over Keith Lepor, 49, a freelance photojournalist from Roslindale.
Harrison, who reached out to the district through tea party volunteers and churches, said he will continue the same kind of grassroots campaign.
"We want to get out there and talk about what the issues are - jobs and the economy," he said from his victory party at his home.
Peter Ubertaccio, director of the Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College in Easton, said he wasn't surprised by Lynch's win.
"I think that even in tough years for incumbents, the edge goes to someone who has the organization on the ground and doesn't have to start it from scratch," he said. "That's a very high hurdle."
"Obviously, I'm disappointed with the outcome," said D'Alessandro, adding he's not ruling out another run.
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