Sent in by Eric Dondero:
James Sheets, the former six-term mayor of Quincy, said this afternoon he is considering running for Congress as an independent.
Sheets, 74, said he will decide in the “next few days” whether to run for the 10th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, D-Quincy, who announced in March he would not seek reelection.
“I would like to be part of one more battle in my lifetime, one more challenge,” Sheets said in a phone interview…
Sheets, a powerhouse politician in the city from the 1970s to the 1990s, left office in 2001 after a bruising defeat to William Phelan. He ran once before for Congress, in 1978, but lost to Brian Donnelly, who held the 11th District seat — which then included Quincy — from 1979 to 1993.
Sheets, who now teaches a course on government part-time at Quincy College, said he has been considering running “since they passed the Obama health care bill.”
Calling the bill “inhumane and cruel,” Sheets criticized Congress for agreeing to slash “half a trillion dollars” from Medicare over the next decade.
“What about the seniors who have done so much for this county in their lifetimes?” Sheets said. “People in their golden years were supposed to be able to rely on Medicare.”
A Democrat all his life, Sheets said he has grown disenchanted as the party has shifted further to the left.
“My problem now, I feel that the leadership of the Democratic party has really forsaken the average working man,” he said.
According to the city’s election department, Sheets unenrolled from the Democratic Party on Feb. 18, about one month before President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law.
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