Having called a press conference to announce that he was forming an exploratory committee to assess whether he really wanted to run for Senate, today Blue Mass Group regular Dan Winslow seems to have officially entered the race by telling a Globe reporter “I’m in.” The reporter then sent the news out over Twitter. Curious.
Anyway, the same reporter relates that Dan has donated $100,000 to his campaign to get things rolling. And they will need to roll quickly: he has less than three weeks to collect 10,000 signatures, all of which must be from registered Republicans (are there even 10,000 in the state?) or unenrolled voters. Further, the timing of what could be one of the largest snowstorms ever to hit Massachusetts couldn’t be worse: forecasters are predicting that by Saturday, the entire state will be covered in at least a foot of snow, with possibly record-setting amounts exceeding two feet in the Boston area. (If you’re keeping track: the highest snowfall ever recorded in Boston was 27.6 inches in February, 2003, with the famous Blizzard of 1978 in second place at 27.1 inches.)
Among other things, the possibly epic snowstorm means that Team Winslow will have that many fewer days to mount a serious signature-gathering effort. Of course, so far he has no opposition in the primary, so maybe it won’t matter that much (if he has no primary opposition, he needs only to obtain 10,000 write-in votes on primary day to make it to the general election).
Oh, by the way, this is a really big storm. Make sure that you and your family are ready, and try to stay off the roads Friday once the snow starts falling!