Last week's shooting rampage at the University of Alabama has become a political issue for Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA), with one of his opponents charging that Delahunt took a pass on prosecuting the alleged shooter when he was a district attorney in the 1980s, reports Politico.com. Amy Bishop allegedly killed three and wounded three others at a faculty meeting. Bishop fatally shot her brother in 1986, but the district attorney's office – led by Delahunt – didn't prosecute her on the grounds that it appeared accidental.
While Delahunt, still undecided about whether he'll seek reelection in a district Republicans plan to target, is traveling in Israel, former State Treasurer Joe Malone, a Republican considering a challenge this fall, criticized Delahunt for saying he doesn’t recall the case. Mark Forest, Delahunt's chief of staff, said that there was a failure to “connect the dots” 24 years ago, but he blamed the Braintree Police Department for not passing along relevant information. “Nobody looks good. Everyone looks bad,” Forest said. “We all need to know where the ball got dropped.  There's just a lot of questions about what's going on in that police department.”