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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:58 PM

William F. Weld latest Republican to bow out of race to replace John F. Kerry in US Senate

Source: Boston Globe

Former Republican governor William F. Weld has become the latest prominent Republican to pass up a race to fill the US Senate seat vacated by John F. Kerry when he was appointed secretary of state by President Obama.

Weld issued a one-sentence statement this morning, saying he would not run for the veteran Democratic senator’s seat in the special election.

“While I am grateful for the kind expressions of support and encouragement which I have received, I will not be a candidate for United States Senator from Massachusetts in the special election this year,’’ Weld said in the statement released by his law firm.

Weld joins former US Senator Scott Brown, Charles Baker, and Richard Tisei as well-known Republicans who have decided not to run in the election.

Read more: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/02/04/william-weld-latest-republican-bow-out-race-replace-john-kerry-senate/LngUjtIf6yI67QFPA8tCVK/story.html

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Reply William F. Weld latest Republican to bow out of race to replace John F. Kerry in US Senate (Original post)
Redfairen Feb 2013 OP
Submariner Feb 2013 #1
okaawhatever Feb 2013 #2
DallasNE Feb 2013 #7
DissidentVoice Feb 2013 #3
Blue_Adept Feb 2013 #5
DissidentVoice Feb 2013 #8
graham4anything Feb 2013 #4
OneAngryDemocrat Feb 2013 #6

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:11 PM

1. Tomahawk-chop Brown is gone, Taggie Romney is unelectable,

so with Weld gone Ed Markey should get in okay.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:33 PM

2. I think they're saving their money for 2014. There really isn't anything to gain for a repub right

now. It won't change the make-up of the senate. Also, on some bills coming up like immigration there isn't really a good side for a repub. It they vote yes, it will distance them from conservative voters and if they vote no they will lose the immigrant vote. Better to sit it out and wait for 14 where it will be more beneficial.

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:27 PM

7. The Country Has Take A Wide U-Turn

Scott Brown understands this because it whacked him up the side of the head only a couple of months ago. Plus, this seat is up again in 2014 making it doubly hard for Republicans. Now wonder people like Weld have no interest.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:40 PM

3. A dying (if not dead) breed

William Weld is one of the last of a dying (if not dead) breed: a largely-centrist Republican who didn't consider it a cardinal sin to work with the other side.

There is no way the Tea Party/Limbaugh crowd would allow him to be elected.

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Response to DissidentVoice (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:06 PM

5. Weld is well thought of here.

One of the better Republican governors we had over the years and during his time was considered to be the kind of governor who knew how to get things done as a "true" conservative compared to what makes up the party now. He's a respectable Republican, something that's incredibly hard to say. He's the only one I ever crossed party lines to vote for years ago.

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Response to Blue_Adept (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:30 PM

8. I can see why

He always seemed to be rational and one who weighed all the options, rather than just being a raging ideologue.

I live in Michigan but I am originally from Indiana (a blood-red Republican state if there was one), and the former senior Senator from Indiana, Richard Lugar, was kind of like that too. Even though we didn't agree on a lot of things, I corresponded with him regularly and he was always an old-school gentleman to me.

Of course, the Tea Party ousted him in the primaries for the cuckoo Richard Mourdock...which ended up with the seat going to a centrist Democrat, Joe Donnelly! Surprised the hell out of me!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:05 PM

4. Yeah, they are waiting for 2014.

 

and like Deval's thinking on naming a temp, I wish the one who wins the next two years just governs and then someone else devotes all the time and money into running in 2014.

(like a Kennedy IMHO.)

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:26 PM

6. Nothing Will be Done Between Now and 2014...

Nothing will be accomplished between now and the general election in 2014. The Massachusetts GOP knows this, and would rather run against a do-nothing democratic incumbent in a year's time, than have a democrat run against their 2013 candidate, provided they won.

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