Options for Republicans Becoming Limited
Three more Republicans, who are high profile, announced on Monday that they were note willing to be candidates for the special election for the U.S. Senate. The decisions by the three leave the GOP with the possibility of having a relative unknown candidate in the battle for the former seat of John Kerry, the newly confirmed Secretary of State. Republican Party leaders had hoped they could have had a battle with the Democrats over the empty seat.
Only three years have passed since Scott Brown’s surprising victory for the Republicans replaced the late Senator Edward Kennedy. However, the only candidate in the GOP actively exploring a possible campaign is a businessman from Cohasset whose only experience in politics was a failed bid to be a town selectman.
Daniel Winslow, a State Representative for the GOP from Norfolk, has emerged in recent years as a strong voice in the Massachusetts legislature and said he would be releasing a statement on Tuesday announcing if he would run for the seat or not.
Since Brown’s announcement on Friday that he was not going to run, in quick fashion, many prominent personalities in the GOP including – William Wel the former governor of Massachusetts, Kerry Healey a former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Richard Tisei a former minority leader in the Massachusetts Senate, and Tagg Romney, Mitt’s son – all announced they did not want to run for Kerry’s vacant seat.
Brown has remained a popular candidate in Massachusetts and was expected to be the choice to run in the special election, after he lost in November to Elizabeth Warren.