Primaries Should Help GOP

Former Textron executive Bill Clegg. whose interest in running for Representative James Langevin's seat was first reported by N4N, has made it official: he's in the GOP primary. And retired Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer tells the ProJo he's weighing a Republican run for Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's seat.

Pfeiffer's potential entry is not great news for Representative John J. Loughlin II, who had the GOP field to himself before Kennedy dropped out of the race - and stirred all kinds of interest in the seat. But there's a silver lining here.

When Kennedy announced that he would not seek re-election, Loughlin lost the big target at the center of his campaign. And all the attention shifted to a suddenly contested Democratic race. A little competition in the GOP primary, assuming Loughlin survives, could at least keep him on the radar screen up through the state's late primaries in September.

And even Clegg's entry into the Langevin race helps a bit - more action on the GOP side should mean more attention for Republicans, in general, in a volatile year.

(Note: An earlier version of this post reported that Clegg is running for Kennedy's seat. A big oops! N4N knew he was running for Langevin's seat but had Kennedy on the mind this morning, what with health care reform and all.)

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