• Final Republican Congressman Purged From New England

    Q. What does present-day New England have in common with the Jim Crow-era South?

    A. They each feature(d) across-the-board Democratic representation.

    The last Republican to fall in New England?  Connecticut's Chris Shays

    U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays has lost his bid for an 11th term in Congress.

    Shays, who is the last New England Republican in the House of Representatives, lost to former Greenwich businessman Jim Himes.

    With 40 percent of votes counted, Himes won 60 percent to 39 percent.

    Also Carol Shea-Porter held off her Republican challenger in right-of-center New Hampshire.

    To repeat, that gives us a net total of zero Republicans left in New England's Congressional delegation.  Just like the old South.

    Now to be fair, a lot has changed; the Southern Democrats hated Abraham Lincoln, not George W. Bush.  And you don't often hear New Englanders muse about "rising again."

    But politics makes strange bedfellows.

    Tags: Carol Shea-Porter, Connecticut, New England, New Hampshire


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