Republican State Representative Geoff Diehl is picking up momentum in his race to replace Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The former mayor of Fall River, Robert Correia--a lifelong Democrat--has crossed over party lines to endorse Geoff Diehl. Please don't confuse him with the current Fall River mayor, Jasiel Correia, who is under federal indictment for financial fraud.

This Correia is a serious man with deep roots in his community and a long resume in politics. He was elected as a State Representative in 1977 and was re-elected for decades by his constituents. He left the legislature when he was elected mayor of his hometown. He served one term. I bet the people of Fall River would like to have him back in charge of their city today.

Correia started out as school teacher just out of college. He spent most of his adult life as a decision maker in the Massachusetts legislature. He was there during the committee debates and votes on the most important policy decisions. He was there when a vote meant a hospital would close or stay open. He was there when the decisions were made to fund education for special needs children. He was there when power shifted and a new Speaker of House came to rule. He was there through seven different governors--eight, if you count the time Michael Dukakis came back to defeat Edward King after King defeated him four years earlier.

Correia learned many things during his years in politics. I know he learned to spot a genuine leader in the crowded world of political players.

Correia doesn't need anything from Diehl, and Diehl is the underdog in the race. The former mayor is out of politics and he is free to speak his mind about what he thinks is best for his city, state and country.

Democrat Bob Correia has spotted a genuine leader, and that is Republican Geoff Diehl. He is voting to elect Diehl to the U.S. Senate, and he wants you to join him.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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