Tiverton Republican Representative John Loughlin has announced he'll be holding a town meeting on healthcare reform on Sept. 30th. Loughlin hasn't formally announced yet but he clearly intends to run against Patrick Kennedy in next year's election.
Loughlin's staging of a town hall meeting on the healthcare debate is an attempt to upstage Kennedy, who is the only RI member of Congress not to hold a public forum to date. Kennedy, for his part, had been understandably busy dealing with his father's passing. More recently, however, he's been spending most of his time memorializing his father's legacy and his just published memoirs. The Providence Journal in reporting on Loughlin's plans (Loughlin announces town hall meeting, 9-21-09) also reports that Kennedy will be spending time this week in Alabama, at a political fundraiser. The question Loughlin wants to raise is this: why is Kennedy not focused on his constituents?
Is Loughlin a serious threat to Kennedy for the First Congressional District seat in Congress? Is Kennedy vulnerable in 2010? What do you think?