February 1, 2013
Sally Quinn: First of all Scott brown is a hunk. And I think that the fact that he posed semi-nude in a magazine gave him a huge advantage in terms of public recognition.

Sally Quinn made these statements when Brown got the teabaggers upset with his vote on the Financial Reform bill. Even BillO laughed at Quinn's description of Brown, but apparently he is stroke material for Republicans. This was back in 2010 when Scott was the flavor of the tea party.

Flashing back to the present, Scott Brown will not run for John Kerry's seat.

Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown announced Friday that he will not run in the special election for outgoing Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s seat. Brown’s decision means Kerry’s seat is likely to remain in Democratic hands.

“…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,” Brown said in a statement.

“And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.“That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.”

That's another Republican pin-up gone. Good riddance to you. sir. Does he have eyes on running for governor? We shall see, but this is excellent news for Democrats and Ed Markley. Anti-choice conservaDem Steve Lynch is now running for the job and Howie has some info on him.

The almost universal favorite for the Democratic nomination, with endorsements from the DSCC and from Kerry, is progressive champion Ed Markey, the dean of the Massachusetts delegation, who has a stupendous record in the House, not just as a dependable voter but as a leader on some of the most important issues facing the country, particularly around Climate Change and the environment. His lifetime ProgressivePunch crucial issues score is 94.70, a fraction better than Jerry Nadler and Barbara Lee and a just bit below fellow Massachusetts Reps Jim McGovern and John Tierney.

But Markey isn't the only congressman looking for the promotion to the Senate. Way down at the other end of the political spectrum, conservative Democrat-- and anti-Choice fanatic-- Stephen Lynch would also like to run. His lifetime Progressive Punch crucial vote score is a dismal 78.72. (This session Markey has a 100 rating so far and Lynch has a 33.33 rating, one of the lowest of any Democrat in Congress.) This afternoon, at Iron Worker's Hall in Boston, Lynch announced he would challenge Markey for the nomination (after campaigning at diners in Springfield and Worcester all morning). The primary is set for April 30 and the general election will be June 25. Markey has around $3,000,000 on hand for the challenge, while Lynch has something like $800,000 in his campaign warchest.

As a state legislator Lynch had a 100 percent voting record from Massachusetts Citizens for Life, a group usually associated with Republicans.

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