Thanks to alert reader Greg for noting this Cambridge Chronicle article in which Anthony Galluccio is quoted as saying that he’s “still a candidate for state Senate” despite Jarrett Barrios’s decision to drop out of the Middlesex DA race and seek reelection to the Senate instead.
The article also reports that Somerville alderman Dennis Sullivan, who recently announced he was running for the seat, has now decided against a run in light of Barrios’s decision; Sullivan said that he will back Barrios. No official word so far on whether Democrats Stephen Winslow of Malden or Brian Smith of Charlestown, or independent David Cleveland, all of whom previously said they would run, are staying in to challenge Barrios as well as Galluccio.
My guess: Winslow and Smith will not pursue their candidacies now that Barrios is back in the race; they will follow Sullivan’s lead and back Barrios instead. Cleveland, who was never planning to run in the Democratic primary but only in the general as an independent, may or may not stay in, but won’t be a factor. And if Galluccio is charged with drunk driving on April 28, I just don’t see how he can make a credible run against Barrios, so he will drop out too if that happens. If he’s not charged, however, there’s no reason he wouldn’t stay in (other than the fact that he will almost certainly lose anyway).