Moakley, Frank roll to easy reelections

By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff, and Daniel Barbarisi, Globe Correspondent, 11/8/2000

ith control of the US House on the line yesterday, Massachusetts voters gave their representatives, all Democrats, return tickets to Capitol Hill.

In the 9th District, J. Joseph Moakley of South Boston, the dean of Massachusetts congressmen, triumphed over his two opponents - former radio talk-show host Janet E. Jeghelian of Westwood, a Republican, and David A. Rosa, who was unenrolled.

Moakley, a graduate of South Boston High School, is the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee and has served in Congress since 1972.

Representative Barney Frank of Newton, who represents the 4th District, easily defeated Republican Martin D. Travis of Raynham and Libertarian David J. Euchner of Millis. Frank has represented the 4th District since 1980. Before that, he served in the Massachusetts Legislature.

In the 10th District, William D. Delahunt of Quincy, a two-term congressman who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, trounced Republican Eric V. Bleicken of Yarmouth.

In the 6th District, John F. Tierney of Salem, who has served two terms, won over Republican rival Paul McCarthy of Lynnfield.

Five-term Congressman John W. Olver of Amherst, representing the 1st District, was victorious over GOP candidate Peter J. Abair and Robert L. Potvin, who was unenrolled. Olver is the sole Massachusetts member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.