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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.

Ray Fellows February 24, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Why are these guys wasting their time and money. Everyone knows what happened to Scott Brown and he was a much stronger candidate then these guys. His opponent was a joke and a disgrace to Massachusetts yet she won by a landslide. Why? Because she was an ultra liberal. Scott Brown won initially by being a fence straddler, a quasi liberal. He did that because the liberals are never going to let a conservative Republican have "Ted Kennedys" seat. I love living in Massachusetts and have for 20 years but I cant stand the liberal sheep mentality of a majority of voters here. When I ask them about politics, theywill vote Democrat EVERY time just because its a liberal. Why? Because thats what their parents and grandparents did. Democrats care about people, Republicans do not! GEEZ, I'm a conservative Republican and I started and run a children's charity and do not get paid!
MCREMvonStauffenfritzpellmell February 24, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Elizabeth Warren is neither a joke nor a disgrace, and maybe if people would stop summarizing and REDUCING people to a few cheap, personally-motivated caricatures and OPEN THEIR MINDS they wouldn't always be so angry. They might also stop calling the people who make up the current majority "sheep"--it's tired and, again, just makes dialogue more difficult. I am glad to see that Bielat has dropped out; he is interesting, but I think he needs more time to figure out why he runs, and which party, if any, he should be collaborating with.
Kitchen Sink TV February 24, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Warren may not be a joke, but she is a fraud. Unions amongst others bought and paid for her election. Scott Brown did his part by running an awful campaign and "Slinging Bull" is going to use that hammer she was talking about to tax what is left of the middle class back to the stone age. She will do whatever Obama tells her to do regardless of how it affects you and me. I hope all who voted for her are proud as she she does not have your back, she will put a knife into it.
Michael Barrett February 25, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Ray - The liberal sheep have voted for a lot worse than frauds like granny warren. Yeah, she a joke. Meet people from other states and they laugh and ask what's with the liar Elizabeth Warren. I guess when you are blonde, blue eyed and pale as snow but claim to be "native" to further your career that had stagnated until claiming affirmative action status, you are a laughingstock. But there were jokes long before her. You had Ted Kennedy who killed a woman, sexually harassed numerous women (many waitresses in DC), lied for your rapist nephew in West Palm Beach. Then you have Gerry Studds who plied a male congressional page with alcohol and raped him. Studds was censured by the Congress but to show his contempt, he turned him back on the Congress as the censure was read. Barney Frank and he's boyfriend running a male prostitution ring out of barney's apartment, and on and on. The issue with MA Dem's is a VERY long list.
Michael Barrett February 25, 2013 at 03:22 AM
No she is a joke. But her supporters are as much a joke as she is. They buy into her lies about being a fighter for the middle class. Granny had a BMW until she wanted to run. Then she traded it for a Ford Hybrid because the lemmings would buy her schtick better. Granny made $350,000 to teach one class per semester at Harvard, received special low interest loans, lives in a $3 or $4 million dollar house, made money off flipping houses, made money off working for large corporations to screw sick union workers, etc. Yeah she is a joke but less so than her supporters who thing the hypocrite is fighting for the lemmings. She must have had a good laugh after the election. She lied and they bought it.
Michael Barrett February 25, 2013 at 03:30 AM
This is the founder of Daily Kos, the group who just endorsed Ed Markey. Left-wing blogger and Democratic strategist Markos Moulitsos Zuniga of the Daily Kos cheered the brutal murders of four American civilian contractors in Fallujah–all of them war veterans with distinguished records, three of them fathers–with the following infamous words: Screw them. That's right, Markey just accepted the endorsement of some one who, upon hearing of the death of 4 Americans who are brutally murdered, the bodies burned, dragged through streets, then hung from a bridge. He cheered it and said they deserved it and screw them. http://www.mudvillegazette.com/archives/000838.html So Markey must be ok with those comments, how else could he accept the endorsement.
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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