NEW BEDFORD — The Congressman who represents Southeastern Massachusetts, along with the Cape and Islands, William Keating, told WBSM listeners Tuesday that he feels the federal case against Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will be long and drawn out.

As a former district attorney, Keating says he knows that these types of cases are burdensome for both the prosecution and for the defense. In light of that, Keating said he feels it would be best for the residents of Fall River if Correia would step down as mayor.

The Congressman said "With how difficult it is to address your responsibilities while dealing with (the case), I had hoped that the Mayor makes the decision that puts the people of Fall River first."

Keating also commented on the requests from the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other officials for Correia to resign, that it will be difficult for the city of Fall River to move forward while this federal case continues.

Correia faces indictments for alleged wire and tax fraud. He was released on bail last week by a federal court judge, and has said he will not resign as mayor of Fall River.