January 25, 2007


GOP ready to pounce on vulnerable pol (Dave Wedge, January 25, 2007, Boston Herald)

Bay State Republicans are circling like vultures around a politically weakened John Kerry, vowing to field a strong challenger that may be able to capitalize on his fractured image and snatch his coveted U.S. Senate seat.

One potential GOP challenger, state Sen. Scott Brown, said last night that he "would consider" a run against Kerry in 2008 and that the senator is ripe for the picking.

"I think he'll get a challenge this time. I don't think he'll get a free ride," Brown (R-Wrentham) said. "His handling of himself during this Iraq situation has been outrageous. He needs to be held accountable. Whether I'm the guy to do it or someone else, I think people are tired of his poor representation."

Mr. Romney could make up for not holing the governor's seat by winning the Senate seat. Hopefully the Herald is just kidding with their photo of Senator Kerry crying as he makes his announcement.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2007 7:35 AM

No. Kerry may be weak and not have the Kennedy clout but this is still Massachusetts. All 10 of the Representives are Dems and at least 1/2 are expected candidates for Kerry's seat. The GOP bench is very weak. If Kerry looks to be in trouble they will get him to retire and one of the Dem reps would win without breaking too much of a sweat.

Romney has nothing to gain from becoming a back-bench senator. Senators don't become president (and McCain won't be the exception).

Posted by: AWW at January 25, 2007 8:15 AM

Yes, but the question is why his party should nominate him if he thinks only of himself? We need him to win statewide in MA, not to clutter the presidential field.

Posted by: oj at January 25, 2007 8:27 AM

I didn't know that there is a Bay State Republican.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 25, 2007 12:12 PM

Maybe the GOP can recruit Mrs. Heinz. That way she doesn't have to keep marrying senators for status.

Posted by: Bob at January 25, 2007 9:17 PM

Not to worry OJ - with the way McCain is going it will be down to Mitt and Rudy before long.

Posted by: AWW at January 25, 2007 9:36 PM