• Charlie Baker opts not to run for Kerry's U.S. Senate seat


    (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has decided not to run in the special Senate election.

    Baker told The Boston Herald that he doesn't think of himself as a senator, but encouraged former Gov. William Weld to make a run for the seat if Scott Brown were to stay out of the race.

    The Swampscott native cited his job at General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge as the reason he was opting not to run.

    Baker was tight-lipped regarding what he had heard about Brown's decision, if anything, but said the Republican Party would need a well-known candidate if the former Senator chose to stay out of the race.

    Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat, officially announced on Thursday that he is tossing his hat into the running for the U.S. Senate that will soon be vacant with John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state.

    In December, Rep. Ed Markey, another Democrat, announced his plans to run in the special election.

    A Democratic primary has been scheduled for April 30 and a special election is expected for June.

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