Over the weekend, Richard Tisei (the former State Senator, and unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor and for John Tierney’s seat in the House of Representatives) announced that he would not run for Senate on the Republican side. This morning, the same word comes from former Governor Bill Weld. Scott Brown and Charlie Baker have already said they weren’t running either.
So the GOP is now deep into the junior varsity in terms of a statewide race. State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) – a fine fellow and regular BMGer, but who is almost 100% unknown outside his state rep district and I’d wager 50% unknown even inside it – will reportedly announce tomorrow whether he will run. A former Navy SEAL named Gabriel Gomez is reportedly considering getting in, but Gomez already has significant baggage due to his involvement with a rather questionable group called OPSEC that produced a 20-minute video questioning President Obama’s role in the Osama bin Laden operation. He went on Hardball during the campaign and, well, let’s just say it didn’t go very well. Perhaps most hilariously, a doctor and occasional Fox News commentator named Keith Ablow has magnanimously agreed to run – but only if the party agrees to unite around him without a primary. Gosh, why wouldn’t the Mass. GOP take him up on such a generous offer?