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Sean Bielat v. Barney Frank

How big a wave?

7:55 PM, Oct 11, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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On most issues, Bielat sounds like a standard Republican. “I think the stimulus program has largely been a failure,” he said. He supports repeal of the new health care law (a position that, when he announced it at this event, received much applause) and called cap and trade “atrocious.” Bielat also opposed the financial regulation bill, the House version of which was authored by Frank. “I didn’t like the bill,” Bielat said. “It didn’t address Fannie and Freddie, and I think that’s an important omission.” His position is at odds with that of Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who scored an upset victory in January’s special election. Brown voted for the final bill in the Senate.

Still, Bielat is more in line with his district on other positions. He says he was against the war in Iraq from the beginning, although he believes that the American military ought to finish the job. He also expressed a willingness to support increased federal spending on transportation and infrastructure, ideas undoubtedly received warmly in the old mill towns of southern Massachusetts. He supports gay marriage in Massachusetts, but opposes abortion.

The next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether or not the people of the Fourth District will elect an attractive, agreeable conservative alternative to the often divisive and confrontational liberal Frank.

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