State Senator Eric Lesser didn’t face a Republican challenger Tuesday. But he still had a few reasons to sweat.
After all, the fate of the Longmeadow Democrat’s beloved East-West rail project may well hinge on what happened in other states, where GOP-controlled House seats flipped to the Democrats.
Good thing for Lesser that the Democrats won the House. US Representative Richard Neal of Springfield is now poised to chair the powerful House Ways and Means committee. Any spending bills, including that long-awaited infrastructure package, would go through him. Neal, as you might imagine, is a big advocate for connecting Springfield and Boston by rail.
Neal isn’t the only one in line for a promotion. US Representative Jim McGovern will probably chair the House Rules committee. Guess what? McGovern’s home city of Worcester would be a key link in any Springfield route. McGovern, too, is a fan of East-West rail. (read more)
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