What if Massachusetts held an election and nobody ran? That’s the dilemma of the Republican Party for the special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat, now that he’s taken over as Secretary of State. A primary is scheduled for April 30th and the general election will be held June 25th, but Republicans are dropping out of the running like flies.
First, the widely-expected candidacy of Scott Brown fell through. In a statement on Friday, Brown declined to run in spite of much encouragement from supporters, saying:
“I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time.”