Mary Ann Bragg / Cape Cod Times
October 13, 2018
DENNIS — Republican challenger Peter Tedeschi of Norwell called for term limits and pointed to U.S. Rep. William Keating as a “career politician” at Saturday’s League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area debate.
Keating, who lives in Bourne, is a former Norfolk County district attorney first elected to Congress in 2010. Tedeschi, a South Shore native, is the former president and CEO of his family’s 200-store convenience store chain, Tedeschi Food Shops. The company was successful and supported programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Tedeschi said.
Tedeschi called for more bipartisanship in Congress. Keating, in turn, called for more transparency and more hearings.
On easing visa obstacles for foreign-born seasonal workers, Keating said the Trump administration has instituted a convoluted process that can easily be fixed but that a willing majority in the House is needed.
Tedeschi said his company has experienced new shortages with its foreign workers and thattourism is the Cape’s “economic engine.”
“But it’s not just about the visas,” Tedeschi said. He called for better bridges to the Cape, improving nitrogen levels in the water and more workforce housing.
Tedeschi and Keating said they oppose the separation of immigrant families. Keating called for a change in the House majority to improve checks and balances, while Tedeschi said he would challenge the president.
“The separation of children at the border is not about who we are and it’s just not right,” Tedeschi said.
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