Neal congratulating Trump on presidential victory

Says new president may moderate his views once in office

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U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) is seen here in a WWLP file image from 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Democratic Congressman Richard Neal is hoping both parties find a way to come together after major victories for Republicans last night. The Springfield Democrat came away with a victory of his own Tuesday night, being easily re-elected over independent and Libertarian challengers.

Speaking with reporters at Springfield City Hall on Wednesday morning, Congressman Neal congratulated Donald Trump. Neal told 22News that he thinks our new president may moderate some of his views now that the campaign is over. He went on to say that Trump’s proposal for a wall to separate the United States and Mexico may not come about.

Neal also said he’s seeing a trend in this country. “We, as Democrats, used to depend upon Michigan. We used to depend upon Wisconsin, and we were able to depend on the wide diversity of voters across the country. That, last night, changed.”

Including last night, Neal said his party has lost 62 seats in the House of Representatives since he took office in 1988.