If Scott Brown does not attempt to return to the Senate in the special election to fill John Kerry‚??s soon-to-be open seat in Massachusetts, a figure well-known to many Fox News viewers may take a crack at the Republican nomination.
‚??(I)f neither William Weld nor Scott Brown is the candidate to bring that help from Massachusetts to Washington, I will take those who have asked me to run much more seriously,‚?Ě Dr. Keith Ablow said in statement to the Boston Herald Thursday. Psychiatrist Ablow hosts a syndicated talk show and has been a Fox News contributor, at one point making national news when he speculated on the air that Vice President Joe Biden was either drunk or had dementia.
The idea of a conservative TV personality running for the Senate in the Bay State is not new. In 1978, conservative TV and radio commentator Avi Nelson came close to winning the Republican nomination from two-term incumbent — and liberal GOPer — Edward Brooke, who later went on to lose to the late Paul Tsongas that fall. Nelson was well-known in Republican circles, but more importantly, had a strong following among grass-roots activists for his outspoken conservative commentary. Ablow would be expected to have a similar following from his Fox News commentaries and has supported Republican candidates in the past.
Centrist Republican Brown, who won the special election for Ted Kennedy‚??s seat in 2010 but lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last year, has signaled he is ready to try again for Kerry‚??s seat as soon as it becomes open and a date for the special election is set. Weld, who was governor of the state from 1990-97, recently ended several years of private law practice to relocate to Massachusetts. In 2008, Weld was a ‚??Republican for Obama,‚?Ě but last year was an active fund-raiser for close friend Mitt Romney‚??s losing presidential bid.