• Head of Mass. Democratic Party talks special election


    (MyFoxBoston.com) – Things are good for the Democratic Party in Massachusetts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren ousted Republican Scott Brown, and the race to fill John Kerry's vacant seat only has Democratic candidates for now.

    FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti spoke with John Walsh, the powerful head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, about the upcoming special election, as well as the candidates who are potentially in the running.

    Republican State Representative Dan Winslow of Norfolk has not yet officially announced that he is in the race for Kerry's seat, but Democrats are coming out swinging. Winslow is in his second term, he is a former judge, and former chief legal counsel to Romney.

    Why such harsh criticism from the Democrats?

    "He's one of Mitt Romney's inner circle. He spent the last year defending and apologizing for Mitt's record here in Massachusetts," Walsh said.

    Winslow's announcement came after a number of high profile Republicans, including former Sen. Brown, had bowed out of the race.

    "I was the chairman of the state party when Scott Brown, a guy who had been in the legislature for a number of years and not really accomplished much, landed in the United States Senate. We don't take anybody for granted. So on that scale, of course he's a serious candidate," Walsh said when asked if Democrats viewed Walsh as a threat.

    Republicans have also been talking about a possible run from Gabriel Gomez, a relatively unknown 47-year-old businessman from Cohasset.

    With just until the end of February to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot, some wonder if the real race will be the Democratic primary and if a primary will ultimately hurt the party.

    "At the end of this race somebody's going to come out bruised and someone's going to come out the winner. Well, someone's going to come out the winner and somebody's going back to Congress which is good news for Mass. voters," Walsh said.

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

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