— Peter J Koutoujian (@PeterKoutoujian) May 23, 2013
From the new Koutoujian for Congress site: “Today I am announcing the formation of a federal campaign committee to explore running for the 5th Congressional District if Congressman Markey is elected to the United States Senate.”
I don’t want to jinx anything by assuming a Markey victory (and the announcement is careful to talk about continuing to work hard for Ed Markey, etc.) However, if the seat is indeed open after next month’s election, as I hope it will be, I believe Sheriff Koutoujian will be a formidable competitor. In addition to having years of experience in the Mass. Legislature, he built an organization to run a county-wide campaign in Middlesex County. While I realize that running in a crowded primary field is not the same as running for office as a Democratic incumbent, that’s a much larger campaign area than a state legislator has campaigned in.
Middlesex County has a population of 1.46 million people — considerably larger, actually, than the 650K or so in the 5th Congressional. Plus, most (but not all) of the 5th Congressional’s communities are in Middlesex. A state Senate district has a population of about 164K people.