Rep. John Tierney is the only potentially vulnerable Massachusetts Democrat in this election cycle because of the more conservative bent of voters in his district, legal troubles in his family and a very credible GOP challenger.
But Keating may face a primary challenge. Former state Sen. Robert O’Leary (D), who lost to Keating in the 2010 primary, is reportedly mulling another bid. Another potential primary challenger is New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang. Lang’s term ends Jan. 2, and he told Roll Call he will make a decision on a bid once he is back at his private law practice in the new year.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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