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Bielat Stops in Milford, Says MA is Over the Kennedy 'Mystique'

Sean Bielat, a Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, said he doesn't buy conventional wisdom that a Kennedy is impossible to beat in Massachusetts. Joseph Kennedy III, a Democrat, is conducting a campaign for the seat.

for the Fourth Congressional District, which now includes Milford. A probable opponent, should he come out ahead in the GOP primary, is , often referred to as a political dynasty.

Bielat isn't impressed with that lineage, and he thinks most Massachusetts voters are over it, too. "The people in Massachusetts are over that mystique," he said Monday, speaking to a small group of supporters at a town hall forum in Milford.

The former Marine said he rejects conventional political wisdom that a Kennedy can't be beaten in Massachusetts. "My gut feeling comes from talking to people around the district," he said.

Milford is now a part of the under redistricting approved late last year. This is the seat now held by who has announced his retirement. The new district lines were a part of what factored into his decision, he has said.

Bielat, a Harvard University graduate with a business degree, ran unsuccessfully against Frank in his last re-election. This time, Bielat said, his poll numbers indicate he's ahead of where he stood against Frank.

In fundraising, he is trailing Kennedy, but has raised more than his Republican opponents. The primary election is Thursday, Sept. 6.

Kennedy, who is the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, and the grandson of the late NY Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, raised $1.3 million in contributions in the three months that ended June 30, leaving him with a campaign account of nearly $2 million.

Bielat reported contributions of $218,000, according to a press release, leaving him with a campaign account of $165,000.

raised $41,000 during the same period, according to her campaign.

Fellow Republican David Steinhof, a New Bedford dentist, is also conducting a campaign for the Fourth Congressional District.

On the Democrat side, Kennedy will run in the primary against opponents including Herb Robinson, a Newton resident, and Rachel Brown.

In Milford, nine people attended the Bielat forum, held at It is Bielat's third trip to Milford in recent weeks. He said he is relying on candidate-to-voter forums in his campaign, rather than television, and encouraged the supporters to put his campaign materials on their cars and put up lawn signs. The closest campaign office to Milford is in Foxboro.

His likely opponent, Bielat said, referring to Kennedy, has made a point that he will continue his family's legacy if elected to Congress. "I would argue that what we don't need is more of the same."

UglyHat July 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I agree with Mr. Bielat that we don’t need more of the Kennedy family legacy. Thank you for running again Sean. I hope the voters in the new 4th district are smart enough to put away the rubber stamp and think about their votes.
Milford Senior Man July 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I'm with you UglyHat
Live and In Color July 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Speaking of elections, does the provision that presidential candidates get equal air time apply to news sites? Since there's only Obama ads on the Patch, not looking for a big debate, actually asking.
Joe Kane July 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
If you like Buzz-Word Bingo, then vote for Joe3. If you want to be told to shut up and sit down, then write-in Barney Frank for more punishment. If you want a civil-minded free-thinker, then give Sean a chance. I, for one, do not like how our Washington Congressmen have ignored what is best for us, and gone along the party line. I would want another free-thinker in the mold of Scott Brown. I want them to go against the party line when it is right to do so, without fear of the consequences from the party leadership.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I am sure we are reaching out to the Romney campaign as well, as it is advertising space.
bzriley July 18, 2012 at 01:56 AM
So Bielat demeans the Kennedy contribution to America (and, whether you are R or D the Kennedy legacy is an AMERICAN legacy)--as a "mystique"--hmm right out of the box this guy is insulting something greater than he could ever aspire to be--tone deaf at best--my prediction: there will never BE a Bielat "mystique"

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