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U.S. Senate (6-year term)
Pay: $165,200

Job: U.S. lawmaker

CANDIDATES:
 
Edward M. Kennedy
Kenneth G. Chase
Edward M. Kennedy, incumbent
Democrat - Ledger endorses Kennedy
Kenneth G. Chase
Republican

AGE: 74
ADDRESS: 50 Marchant Ave., Barnstable
OCCUPATION: U.S. senator
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in government, Harvard University, 1956; juris doctorate, University of Virginia School of Law, 1959
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: U.S. senator, 1962-present; Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care; Congressional Friends of Ireland trustee
FAMILY: Wife; three children; two stepchildren

AGE: 45
ADDRESS: 87 Pine St., Belmont
OCCUPATION: Co-owner and director, French and Spanish Saturday School Inc.
EDUCATION
: Bachelor’s degree, Boston College, 1983
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Volunteer in Romney campaign, 2002; Cellucci campaign, 1998; Weld-Cellucci campaign and Shamie state Senate campaign, 1982 and 1984
FAMILY: Wife; two children

 
 

EBULLIENT KENNEDY
COASTS TO 8TH TERM

Predicts electorate will send message to Bush


The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

With the boisterousness of a Howard Dean scream, Sen. Edward Kennedy proclaimed that “victory is in the air.” But he wasn’t talking about his own win.

Voters resoundingly returned Kennedy to Capitol Hill for an eighth term, yet his own campaign took a back seat last night to his role as the state’s Democratic patriarch. He called his party the “best hope of mankind,” and later he introduced Gov.-elect “Dev-aaaal Patrick” with the enthusiasm of an NFL announcer.

Kennedy defeated Belmont Republican Kenneth Chase by 70 percent to 30 percent.

Chase, 45, owner of a foreign language school, said he was proud of his campaign, which featured Kennedy’s first debate in 12 years. Chase’s closest contest locally was in Duxbury, where he got 3,008 votes to Kennedy’s 3,947.

Chase was especially critical of Kennedy’s immigration bill, calling it a way to to gain political support and spread welfare dependency. He spent five days last month in Arizona shadowing the Minutemen vigilante border patrol to demonstrate his commitment to immigration control.

“I was critical of the senator on key issues and made a point to treat the senator with respect,” Chase said. “I wish him nothing but the best.”

Kennedy, 74, first elected to the Senate in 1962, predicted that voters would send a message to President Bush about the war in Iraq by putting Democrats in key House and Senate seats around the country.

“This election is beyond an election about an individual. It was about a cause,” Kennedy bellowed.

“They were saying, ‘We have a president that sent American troops to war undermanned, underarmed and without a strategy to win.’”

Jessica Van Sack may be reached at jvansack@ledger.com.
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Challenger Chase blasts away at Kennedy


The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 27, 2006

Kenneth Chase, a Belmont Republican, has found himself in surprising support of Grace Ross, the Green-Rainbow candidate running for governor.

“I like her because I see in her an earnestness,” said Chase, 45, owner of a foreign language school.

Chase is challenging one of the most powerful congressmen in the land, Sen. Edward Kennedy. He says his campaign is driven by an idea similar to Ross’: It isn’t winning but the spreading of good ideas that defines success.

In an interview with The Patriot Ledger editorial board, Chase hammered away at Kennedy. Chase opposes the war in Iraq. But he doesn’t blame President Bush as much as he does Kennedy, whom he says has had the past 44 years in the Senate to do something about America’s “perilous reliance on foreign oil.” Chase believes that this is responsible for the occupation of Iraq.

“(Kennedy) has had 44 years to do something about it, but he’s been quiet as a church mouse,” Chase said.

In terms of energy, Chase casts himself as a fervent advocate of alternative fuels and renewable power.

“They’re dying because we don’t have an energy policy,” said Chase, referring to soldiers in Iraq.

But Chase stops short of calling Iraq a “war for oil.”

“We didn’t go there to rape and pillage,” he said.

Chase is in favor of the controversial Cape Wind project that Kennedy opposes.

“Ted wants to be popular; I want to save the lives of American soldiers,” Chase said.

Saying that “power corrupts,” Chase favors term limits for Congress: four for the House and two for the senate.

No issue riles Chase more than immigration, however.

Chase said skilled laborers like sheet metal workers, plasterers and carpenters are being pushed from their fields as illegal immigrants begin to learn those trades and infiltrate them with a willingness to do the same work for much less pay.

Chase calls Kennedy’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal an “amnesty bill,” and says it is ultimately going to perpetuate mass welfare, and poorer voters who tend to vote Democrat.

“This is what Teddy wants,” Chase said.

Jessica Van Sack may be reached at jvansack@ledger.com.
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Kennedy pushes compromise on immigration reform


The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 26, 2006

Sen. Edward Kennedy touted his bipartisan immigrant reform bill yesterday and cautioned against an approach focused on building fences to keep out illegal immigrants along the Mexican border.

“As we build more and more fences, we’re fencing people in,” Kennedy told The Patriot Ledger editorial board yesterday.
Sen. Edward Kennedy
LISA BÜL/The Patriot Ledger
In an address to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Randolph, Sen. Edward Kennedy said the vote he cast in 2003 rejecting the use of force in Iraq was “the best vote I’ve ever cast.”

Kennedy said that plenty of illegal immigrants want to get home to their families, and fences can block those attempts.

Kennedy is pushing a compromise measure that seeks to step up border patrols to stem illegal immigration, while also creating new “guest worker” opportunities for undocumented residents to earn legal status.

Under the so-called Kennedy-McCain plan, undocumented workers could apply for temporary status for six years after demonstrating work history and paying a $3,500 fine. They would have an opportunity to qualify for a green card and citizenship.

“If they have worked, played by the rules and are willing to pay a penalty, that is not amnesty,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy, 74, first elected to the Senate in 1962, faces Republican challenger Kenneth Chase of Belmont in the upcoming election.

Chase, 45, owner of a private foreign language school, has said that immigration is the most pressing issue of the campaign and has criticized Kennedy’s proposal.

While Chase is in favor of deportation, Kennedy said that deporting illegal aliens en masse is too costly, and could approach $140 billion.

Kennedy’s bill would require businesses to pay the minimum wage to illegal immigrants and prove that no citizens applied for jobs.

In a separate interview, Kennedy touched upon a variety of topics. He decried a student loan system that he says favors banks over students, and he said he favors making banks compete against each other for student loan interest rates.

In an address to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce that strayed dramatically from prepared remarks, Kennedy said the vote he cast rejecting the use of force in Iraq was “the best vote I’ve ever cast.”

“It’s been an absolute disaster,” Kennedy said of the war in Iraq.

Kennedy said the U.S. government must convince Iraqi leadership “that it’s their country.”

“The military has done everything they possibly could,” he said.

Jessica Van Sack may be reached at jvansack@ledger.com.
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Chase challenges Kennedy on immigration

The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 17, 2006

Ken Chase just returned from a week along the U.S.-Mexican border spent interviewing six border patrol agents about the problems with illegal immigration, he said.

The Belmont Republican returned with stories of criminals crossing the border over and over again, and chilling anecdotes that he says prove U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s stance on illegal immigrants is wrong.

As Chase, 45, takes on the man he admits is the probably the most powerful Democrat in Congress, he knows there’s a significant chance his bid won’t pan out. But his resolve to challenge Kennedy on the issues is unyielding.

“It’s not about having power; it’s about improving the society within which we live,” Chase said.

Appearing on a Fox News show Thursdsay night, Chase refused to bite when a questioner tried to get him to attack Kennedy’s character.

“The quality and tenor of the debate is very important,” he said.

Chase says illegal immigrants are taking American jobs. He proposed deporting illegal immigrants to their home country, where they would be required to apply for legal entry if they want to return.

The massive amount of illegal immigrants, Chase said, are a drain on schools.

Kennedy earlier this week faced off publicly against Chase in his first debate in 12 years, since he was challenged by upstart politician Mitt Romney.

Appearing on New England Cable News, they agreed that the United States should have bilateral talks with North Korea, which claimed earlier this week to have detonated a nuclear device for the first time.

He vehemently opposes a bill Kennedy supports to given illegal immigrants an eventual shot at citizenship.

Kennedy noted that the measure he supports is backed by President Bush and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

Chase also criticized Kennedy for his opposition to the controversial Cape Wind project that would build a renewable energy wind turbine that he said could work to decrease the area’s dependency on oil.

Jessica Van Sack may be reached at jvansack@ledger.com.
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