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

Senate race will have a Democratic primary, and a Libertarian candidate has now announced. But still no Republican contender.

With local Republicans still scrambling to find someone to run in the race for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State, other contenders who have jumped into the fray.

On Monday, 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.

Republicans still appear to be struggling to find a candidate. Each day, it seems, another GOP candidate announces they aren’t going to seek the seat.

One possible contender, Fox News contributor Keith Ablow, issued a press release Monday saying he would run if Republican Party leaders unite around him, although he stated that “such unity looks improbable at this time.”

Several local Republicans considered running for the seat, but have since decided against it.

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 an April Primary.

MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Since when is the "private sector" the be-all and end-all of political responsibility and integrity? Since when is 66 the wrong age to contribute to the betterment of society? Since when is a politician residing in Washington a capital crime? Since when is an expensive house a proof of evil? As for mediocrity, tell us all about it...
Michael Barrett February 08, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I know teddy didn't kill anyone. Mary joe lived a great life and is doing well, right? Yeah kerry was a real hero. Those purple hearts for paper cut wounds were very galant. And Lizzy was doing great at low tier law schools until she called herself an indian then moved up. Yeah, you were right on. Weak sauce boy
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 08, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Don't you get tired of being judge, jury, executioner, and the only version? Weak boy, without cuts of any kind whatsoever.
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 08, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Waiting... You snipe, but you never back it up... Not a personal attack, just an observation.
aycaramba February 08, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Why does Michael Barrett sound like Dick Cheney attacking John Murtha?? But back to the topic: WHY is Scott Brown not running? What deeper problem is the Republican Party thinking about that keeps them from charging into this gap? Good article, Ben!

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