Former governor Bill Weld danced around any future runs for office during an interview with what looks like the entire Boston Herald staff. Weld didn't rule anything out but said he really enjoys working for Mintz Levin.
Who knows what Weld will do down the road but tax activist Barbara Anderson sees a future for Weld as the head of the Massachusetts Republican Party. The libertarian proposed the idea back in November in a column in the Salem News but emailed members of the media in a follow up on the news that Bob Maginn will not seek reelection as Mass. GOP chair. The bulk of the column bashed Libertarian "spoiler" Dan Fishman but once you get passed that Anderson puts forth her plan:
Bill Weld is moving back, some say to run for U.S. Senate again. This works for me, if thatís what he wants, but Barbaraís Plan reflects the year he became governor, when Ray Shamie was a strong chairman of the state Republican Party and presided over substantial victories. I would ask Bill Weld to become chairman, giving the GOP the face of a fiscal conservative/social liberal like Scott Brown and Richard Tisei, both of whom would run again. Since we know Bill likes to delegate details, he sets the campaign themes and works with the media, while Peter Torkildsen moves into the job of political director.
So on the 2014 ballot, we have Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, Richard Tisei for Congress in the 6th, other Weld-Republicans running in other congressional districts. Charlie Baker runs for governor again, with Karyn Polito for lieutenant governor. The best of this yearís Republican legislative candidates give it another try, now part of a coordinated Weld-Republican effort. Social conservatives will be encouraged only if they stop beating the dead election issues of abortion/gay marriage and get serious about the national debt and the fiscal problems of Massachusetts, more serious than presently admitted.
At this time Weld doesn't appear to be on anybody's shortlist for party chair.
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