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US Rep To Interview For Post At University Of Massachusetts January 31, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, US News.

WASHINGTON (AP)–Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., who has carved a national profile on issues such as campaign finance reform, has agreed to talk to officials at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell about taking over as chancellor.

Meehan is expected to meet with the school’s search committee in early February, according to a source familiar with the hiring process who requested anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

A telephone message left with the university for comment after business hours on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

Meehan declined to comment publicly, citing the confidentiality of the search process. He has previously denied interest in the job.

Meehan, elected in 1992, recently became chairman of a House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee and has vowed to make Iraq and Afghanistan his priorities, particularly contractor abuses and making sure troops get the best equipment. He is also planning a trip to Iraq.

Meehan was a co-sponsor of a 2002 bill to limit unregulated “soft money” donations to political parties. He was also among the sponsors of a measure proposed Tuesday on the public financing system for presidential candidates.

Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass-Lowell in 1978.

At least one other high-profile candidate, wealthy businessman and Democratic fundraiser Alan Solomont, has reportedly been interested in the chancellor’s post.

If Meehan were to leave Congress, a special election would be held to fill his seat. He did not face opposition in last fall’s general election, in which all of his nine House Democratic colleagues were easily returned to office.


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