So with Scott Brown out of the race for John Kerry’s old seat what other options do Republicans have left that would stand a fighting chance?
Former Governor Bill Weld
The former governor was quite popular during his time in office before leaving for what he thought would be the job of Ambassador to Mexico but he was never confirmed. Weld later worked in New York for several years and made a failed bid for governor in 2006 there before returning to Massachusetts in 2012. A shorter election cycle may hurt Weld as he may need to reestablish name recognition throughout the Commonwealth after being away. A run by Weld, a man who last held public office here in 1997, shows that that Republicans still have some work to do when it comes to building up a bench of possible candidates for 2014.
Former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey
A run by Healey in this special election would give her an opportunity to make up for her disastrous run for governor in 2006 when she ran what many considered an overly negative campaign against Governor Deval Patrick. Healey’s close association with Romney could be a real burden for her as he remains very unpopular. Healey does have a considerable fortune that she could tap into if she runs as well as a national fundraising network developed from her time in national Republican politics.
State Representative Dan Winslow
Winslow has nothing to lose in a longshot run for US Senate and would be a perfect proving ground for a guy who hints at aspirations for higher statewide office. Winslow benefited from Brown’s 2010 special election win as it triggered the domino effect that led to his election as state rep. Winslow is a common fixture on social media as well as local television and radio.
Former State Representative Karyn Polito
The central Massachusetts based pol has been out of politics for three years but could resurrect her political career with an impressive run in a special election. Polito lost to Steve Grossman in a race for treasurer in 2010 by nine points.
Psychiatrist Keith Ablow
The Newbury resident floated speculation that he would run if Brown or Weld stay out of the race in a statement in early January. Ablow is a frequent contributor to Fox News and was heard often on former talk station WTKK. Ablow has a practice in Newburyport.
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