Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee tells N4N he will not run for Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy's soon-to-be-vacant seat. McKee, who will run for re-election as mayor, says he decided to stay put and pursue his work on a new kind of charter school and what he believes is a coming transformation of local government that could involve consolidation of services regionally.
McKee says his decision was no informed by concerns that he might split the Blackstone Valley vote with declared Congressional candidate Bill Lynch, a Pawtucket native and former chairman of the state Democratic Party.
But whatever his motivation, his decision is certainly a boon for Lynch, who is locked in a one-on-one battle with Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, at the moment, for the Democratic nomination. Cicilline, meanwhile, has to worry about a rumored challenge on his left flank from Representative David Segal, of Providence.
McKee, widely viewed as a formidable political talent, says he is open to a run for higher office down the line.