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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Tim Murray declines bid for Mass. governor, altering landscape (59 comments)

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  •  The problem is (6+ / 0-)

    Brown is pretty much the only high profile Republican in the state. He won't have any problem in a primary. Dems need a united front in a race against him, not a bruising primary season that will leave a large portion of the party disaffected.

    •  exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      Nautical Knots, MichaelNY

      in all seriousness,  Brown has a better chance at the governorship than in a return to the Senate.

      I am much more worried about him running for governor, a job he could keep for a while and do lasting damage to the Commonwealth.

      Ds need to get their ducks in a row fast, so Murray clearing out is a positive step.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:12:11 AM PST

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      •  I dont think he will run for Senate either (4+ / 0-)

        He stands to hold a much more powerful office running for governor than as junior senator for a partial term. Kerry's seat is up in 2014, and he would have to run AGAIN. 4 Senate races in 5 years is a lot.

        •  right. i am not worried about the Senate seat (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          the people advising Brown want to get him in an office he can keep for a while and Rs in Massachusetts know they don't have anybody else.

          Our only saving grace might be that the last time Massachusetts Rs did this to us we ended up with Rmoney and he left a bad taste in people's mouths, so perhaps the state is not ready for another R governor.

          Patrick raising the income tax (and lowering the sales tax) gives the Rs a tax hammer to wield, but with the right D candidate we can get past that.

          Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
          Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

          by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:52:59 AM PST

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          •  The state GOP knows their only shot at getting (3+ / 0-)
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            TrueBlueMajority, MichaelNY, JBraden

            anything they want done is to get a governor elected. They will never get enough seats in the legislature to be relevant in any lawmaking. They want Brown to run for governor, not Senate. And if Brown is smart, he would pass on the Senate seat too. He doesn't have the mystique of being Senator 41 to stop the democrats from doing anything, which was really his claim to fame. And there is no functional difference between a 55-45 D Senate and a 54-46 D Senate.

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