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Lynch, Markey Hit the Road; Republicans Get Started

The nomination papers deadline for the U.S. Senate race is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

With only a few days until nomination papers are due in the race for U.S. Senate, last week was a busy one for announced and potential candidates looking to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State.

The Republican field lost one prominent candidate, and another generated controversy. On the Democratic side, Congressmen Edward Markey, D-Malden, and Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, have been working through their pre-primary debate schedule and campaigning across the state.

Democrats Markey and Lynch hit the road

Both Democratic candidates hit the road again last week from Pittsfield to Salem, meeting with residents and attending fundraisers.

Markey, whose district in MetroWest includes Framingham, Holliston, Natick and Sherborn, had campaign stops in Taunton, Fall River, Lowell and Pittsfield, to name a few.

On Thursday, Lynch spoke to the Boston Firefighters Local 718. He also had campaign stops in several communities, including Lynn, Methuen, Peabody and Salem.

On Wednesday, Lynch and Markey signed a deal to limit outside groups from producing ads during the Democratic Primary. The deal is based on a similar pledge signed by Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren during the 2012 Senate Race.

Lynch recently received the endorsement of the 75,000 member Massachusetts Building Trades Council. Markey was endorsed by Daily Kos.

Last week also saw a new poll released in the U.S. Senate race. Conducted by WBUR/MassINC, the poll showed Markey holding a slim 38 percent to 31 percent lead over Lynch in the primary, with 26 percent saying they’re still unsure who they will vote for. The poll also showed that either Democratic candidate would hold a lead over a Republican.

Bielat drops out of Republican primary race

Republican Sean Bielat said Wednesday that while he thought he could run a strong campaign, the timing wasn't right for him to run, according to an Associated Press report.

He previously ran for Congress twice - losing to Barney Frank and Joe Kennedy III.

Bielat had sought donations to run and even filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

The field of Republican candidates could be crowded if no one pulls out of a potential run and if everyone who pulled papers gets them in by the deadline. Candidates have until Wednesday, Feb. 27, to gather the 10,000 certified signatures needed to appear on the April 30 primary ballot. The special election is June 25. No papers were submitted as of Feb. 21, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Already in the running are State Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk, former Nantucket selectman and county commissioner Douglas Bennett and former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset. 

Gomez launched a YouTube ad for his campaign last week announcing his run. He was also at the center of the biggest controversy yet in this young U.S. Senate campaign. The Boston Globe and other outlets reported Thursday that he lobbied Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him interim Senator following Kerry’s resignation. Some say that could hurt him in the Republican primary.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan has made his intentions known that he was thinking about joining the race for the seat but as of Friday, no announcement had been made.

Jeffrey P. Donnelly of Indian Orchard has also announced on his website that he is running.

According to Brian McNiff, Spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, nomination papers have also been pulled by Joshua Hill, Therese Rohrbeck, Helen Brady, Nick Starling and Gary Nylander.

Beverly Libertarian Daniel Fishman is also looking to get his name on the ballot.

The last day for residents to register to vote in the April 30 primary is April 10.

MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 25, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Listen to yourself. All rant, all crap. "I know what Elizabeth Warren is, and I will tell you what she is, because I know." You don't know. You don't tell the truth about things. You color everything so that it matches your very skewed vision of things: pro-gun period, no-compromise conservative, everybody I don't like is a fraud, people in the majority are sheep, yadayadayada. "Her car tells us everything we need to know." "When tens of thousands of people die during the Bush war, that means nothing--it was so long ago!! When anyone dies while Obama is President he's a MURDERER!!!" You know squat. Whiney sore-losing termagant.
Borden Wicks February 25, 2013 at 02:17 PM
You are speaking as if Republicans don't vote like "sheep" red states. Every time a Republican loses an election, the voters are ignorant liberals. Then when a Republican wins, it's the "will of the people." Perhaps if conservatives would take one ounce of accountability for the financial mess the country is now in, their party would start wining the popular vote an election, and wouldn't have to have to resort to redistricting to hold the power!
Borden Wicks February 25, 2013 at 02:29 PM
You are right, the biggest killing lie of all, the Iraq war. And Ted Kennedy past is more relevant? No wonder Republicans pushed Bush into a closet this past election cycle. There are Conservatives who have written in here who would NEVER vote for a Democrat simply because of political affiliation. Then they turn around a call Massachusetts voters "sheep" for electing Warren. I believe the term for that is hypocrite! Not a surprise when you look at today's Republican Party!
Jim O'Connor February 25, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Michael Barret: It is true that the majority of Massachusetts voters are liberal-minded and tend to vote for Democrats, but they have also voted for Republicans for state-wide office, e.g., Weld, Cellucci, Romney, and Brown. Are the voters only liberal sheep when they vote for Democrats?
Borden Wicks February 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
And what shall we call the voters in the south, who continually vote Republican, no matter who is on the ballot. Are they Wise? Should the rest of the country see the wisdom of such bastions of success and freedom as South Carolina or Texas? It is much easier to return to Chappaquidick each time a discussion turns to Massachusetts, instead of at times focusing on some of the good for middle class Americans, which Kennedy and Democrats fought rigorously for over the past forty years!

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