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Will the GOP Field a Candidate in U.S. Senate Race?

Democrats will hold primary, and a Libertarian candidate has now announced. But still no Republican contender.

While Massachusetts Republicans still appear to be struggling to find a big name candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to U.S. Secretary of State, Dan Winslow, a relatively unknown former judge and State Representative from Norfolk, announced today he is forming an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate seat.

In addition to Winslow, an independent contender has jumped into the fray.

On Monday, Feb. 4, Beverly Libertarian Daniel Fishman announced he would attempt to get on the ballot for the U.S. Senate special election. Fishman garnered finishing third behind Congressman John Tierney and Republican candidate Richard Tisei.

"The thing I became most aware of on the campaign trail is that there is a large group of citizens in Massachusetts who are not being represented by the Democratic machine, which elects favorite sons time after time," Fishman said in a release.

"Nor are they represented by the Republican party which is tied to a national platform a social tolerance policy from 1950."

Fishman announced his senate bid “in a private conversation with a few close supporters,” the release said. A campaign website has been launched at www.fishmanforsenate.com.

Despite Winslow's announcement, state Republicans are struggling to find a high-profile candidate. Each day, another GOP candidate announces they aren’t going to take the plunge.

Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey announced Monday that she would not seek election to the seat. Healey told the Globe Monday she was "grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race” but said she’s decided against it.

Healey's announcement follows Scott Brown’s, Tisei’s and Tagg Romney's decisions to opt out of the race. Romney, the eldest son of former governor and 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, released a statement Monday afternoon saying that he will not run for U.S. Senate.

Two Democrats – Congressman Stephen Lynch and Congressman Edward Markey – will face off in the April Primary.

Jonathan Loya February 06, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I think Dan Fishman is once again going to surprise many political pundits with how well his message resonates with the disgruntled voters of MA. Especially if the MA Republicans can't get a good candidate, watch out for Dan!

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