PITTSFIELD — The region's best-known Republican, former acting Gov. Jane M. Swift, has endorsed GOP candidate Nathan Bech in his run for the 1st Massachusetts District.
Bech, of West Springfield, is seeking the seat U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, has held the seat since 1991. (Olver will contend against Democrat Robert Feuer in a primary in September; Bech will face the winner.)
Swift sought to unseat Olver in 1996 after serving as Berkshire County's state senator for three terms. She came up short in a tight race but went on to become to become lieutenant governor in 1998 and later acting governor on the resignation of A. Paul Celucci.
The Williamstown resident spoke in support of Bech at an event in Pittsfield on Monday night.
Bech, who will be 34 next month, operates a property management business founded by his parents and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army officer. The self-described moderate launched his campaign in May.
Swift spoke on behalf of Bech in the hometown of the late Silvio O. Conte, the last Republican to hold the 1st Mass. seat.
Swift is the honorary co-chairman for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Massachusetts and his chief education adviser. She is rumored by sources within the Republican Party to be a top pick for secretary of education should McCain win in November.
"Nathan is very, very fortunate to be running with John McCain at the top of our ticket," said Swift.
For more information about further events and Bech's progress in the congressional race, visit www.nathanbech.com. Bech will be in Pittsfield on Thursday, June 19, for the 3rd Thursday events.
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Jane's background as girl scout leader does not qualify her to be SecEd. You can count on those rumors to be "just rumors."
No need to worry, though. Both McCain and Bech will get trounced in November.
I am voting for Obama. But as far as Jane Swift goes... maybe 8 years as an elected Senator, a Lieutenant Governor, acting Governor as well as a degree from Trinity College and a visiting professor at Williams College, qualifies her for something. I may not agree with all of her politics but have no doubt that she is an intelligent, qualified person.