Though Patrick said he had not been actively recruiting challengers for Brown, he told [National Journal] he has spoken with four potential candidates – City Year founder Alan Khazei, Democratic activist Robert Massie, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.
“Kim is not in; she has not made up her mind, but I know she’s thinking about it seriously. But Alan and Bob and Setti are in, for sure,” Patrick said. He added that former finance executive and Romney aide Robert Pozen, who has said he will run for Senate as a Democrat if the party asks him, had been trying to get in touch.
Interesting, in that only Massie has actually declared. I wonder whether Deval was speaking out of turn. I’ll see what I can scare up from the other potential candidates.
UPDATE: Here’s a statement (email, no link) from Setti Warren:
Statement from Mayor Setti D. Warren in Response to Governor Patrick’s Comments About US Senate Race
“I’m honored that my friend Governor Patrick has mentioned me as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate. I am considering a run against Senator Brown. I have been disappointed by many of his votes, which I believe have hurt many cities and towns in Massachusetts, including my own community of Newton.
“I’m not yet ready to announce an official decision on entering the race. But in the final analysis, if I believe I can do a better job for Massachusetts, I’ll put my name on the ballot.”
FURTHER UPDATE: Alan Khazei, like Setti Warren, is seriously considering a run, though he has not made any final decision. He just told me the following:
I am actively considering another Senate run. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I have greatly appreciated that a lot of people, especially the grassroots, are encouraging me to run. I learned a lot from the last campaign, and I came away from it even more committed to the causes and the people I care most about.