Will ANY Republican Run for John Kerry's Senate Seat?
Tagg Romney doesn't look so sure about this Senate race. Photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore
In a little less than three months, Massachusetts will hold a primary election to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate. So far, two Democrats, congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, have announced that they'll be competing for their party's nomination. On the Republican side, it's been a deafening silence. Consider:
On Thursday, Charlie Baker, who ran for governor in 2010, said he was out.
On Friday, former U.S. Senator Scott Brown torpedoed what was probably the GOP's best chance at a win by declining to run. (It would have been his third campaign in four years, and he might just run in 2014 instead. Fair enough.)
On Saturday, Richard Tisei—the moderate Republican who ran a strong race against U.S. Rep. John Tierney this past November—bowed out.
Then, this morning, former governor William Weld announced that he, too, would pass on the race.
With less than three months to go, the Republicans don't have a single strong candidate running for the race. And the bench is surprisingly empty—there are no GOP congressmen to jump up to the higher seat, and the two former governors (Weld and Mitt Romney) aren't interested.
Who's left? According to the Herald, someone who's considering the race is … Tagg Romney!? Even he, though, is a mixed bag:
The eldest son of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney already has statewide name recognition and could quickly ramp up the campaign infrastructure for a short, five-month race.
The father of six was a regular on the campaign trail in both of his father’s failed races for president in 2008 and 2012, which would give him some political know-how while working to win over Bay State voters. But the younger Romney is weighing joining the fray against remaining with his successful venture capital firm, Solamere. Many Democrats also have noted Mitt Romney’s dismal Bay State returns in the most recent presidential election, losing the state by 23 points.
Oh yeah, that: Massachusetts is not a huge fan of the Romney family. Can the GOP get anyone to run? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?