Winslow 99% In Senate Race

News reports put Rep. Winslow close to joining US Senate race (Talking Points Memo):

Massachusetts state Rep. Daniel B. Winslow (R) announced Tuesday that he had formed an exploratory committee and is “99 percent” certain that he will run in the special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat, the Boston Globe reports.

Winslow, a lawyer with a flair for the dramatic, brings an interesting resume. He has served as a district court judge and chief legal counsel to Governor Mitt Romney. He also recently dropped off vats of marshmallow fluff to Governor Deval Patrick’s budget chief to demonstrate what he argued was superfluous spending.

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  1. He should announce on BMG

    And then subject himself to all our questioning. A fine public servant and I think he and whomever our nominee is will have substantive debate on the issues. He will not be seeing him make the same tired talking points Brown subjected us to. That said, he will be a vote for McConnell and will lose my vote.

  2. Signatures

    At the risk of stating (or re-stating) the obvious, signatures are going to be a challenge. It’s cold out there!

    • Indeed -

      one hopes for his sake that the “exploratory” phase of his campaign is relatively short!

    • In an uncontested primary

      signatures are not an issue, a sticker campaign will do.

      • There's word

        that Bruce Tarr might jump in. And Doug Bennett seems to be in as well.

      • Ten thousand write-ins

        Still a challenge.

        • That's about

          6% of the Republican primary voters from the previous special senate campaign. Challenge?

          • Yes

            According to this:

            Democrats…can typically consolidate their efforts to Boston, Worcester, and Springfield and get the necessary signatures from registered Democrats or independents. Not only do they have a geographic advantage but also an organizational edge, particularly with labor groups.

            For Republicans, the logistical challenge is much more difficult. Since they have to get either registered Republicans or independent voters, GOP candidates must cast a wider net to smaller cities and towns outside the population hubs. That starts a carousel around the state of gathering signatures, submitting to local election officials (who can often have irregular office hours), waiting for local election officials to certify the signatures by March 4, go back to each city and town to get the papers and deliver them back to Boston by March 6.

            “It’s not an easy organizational thing to do,” according to the GOP source, who cited Senate candidate Jim Ogonowski as a recent example of the difficulty. Republican strategists thought pilot Jim Ogonowski (R) could put a scare into Sen. John Kerry (D) in 2008, but he submitted only 9,970 valid signatures out of the 10,000 required and wasn’t on the ballot.

            With every day that passes, it only gets tougher for Republicans to get a candidate,” according to one GOP operative with experience in Massachusetts, who said if the candidate search went another week, it would be virtually impossible to make the ballot…

  3. Didn't the last GOP nominee for AG...

    …make the ballot by getting 10K write-ins in the primary?

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