In the Race for the Democratic nomination for the US House 8th, District Incumbent Representative Stephen Lynch Defeats Robbie Goldstein.
A 36 years old physician, infectious disease specialist, and expert in transgender health Dr. Robbie Goldstein lost his primary challenge against 65 years old nine-term presiding from South Boston.
Lynch, a former union ironworker and Massachusetts state legislator, has proclaimed himself as the titleholder for the working class and union workers during his time in Congress. He presently serves on the powerful House Financial Services and House Oversight Committees, with his campaign website focusing on his responsibility for good jobs and infrastructure in the Boston area and the concrete investments he’s secured for the 8th District.
According to the Associated Press Lynch, who has worked for Congress since 2001, earned 70% of the vote in comparison to Goldstein’s 30%, with 22% of the total vote counted.
He formerly represented Massachusetts’ 9th District from 2001 to 2013 before being redistricted into the current 8th District, which includes portions of Boston and a major part of the South Shore, including Quincy, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Hingham, and Scituate. This safely Democratic seat voted for 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 25 points.
He had more orthodox opinions on other issues, like guns, gay rights, and abortion, over the years. “calling me the least liberal member from Massachusetts is like calling me the slowest Kenyan in the Boston Marathon…it’s all relative.’’ He once said in an interview.
Goldstein, a researcher who has a completed Ph.D. in cancer genetics, compared between himself and Lynch on issues related to healthcare, protecting the environment by passing the Green New Deal resolution, and reproductive rights.
Residing from the town of Fort Point Goldstein, who has never run for public office before, focused his medical proficient would be a boon to the district amid the COVID-19 pandemic and called Lynch as a back-bencher who has failed to lead during his tenure in Washington.
Lynch claimed that Goldstein was “an online candidate” who failed to connect with communities in the district.
Lynch spoke to the Globe last month on the campaign trail in Quincy and said ”My campaign is just doing my job day-to-day.”
The race comes as various other main winning have been won for progressives lately, including Jamaal Bowman in New York, Marie Newman in Illinois, and Cori Bush in Missouri, followed by 2018 upsets that saw Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrest congressional seats away from entrenched incumbents.