The most likely GOP contenders are no-shows, but some other Massachusetts Republicans are launching campaigns or testing the waters. Still, Democrats may be hard to beat in this Senate race.
Who would it be?, the pundits asked.
Former Gov. William Weld, the party’s elder statesman in Massachusetts? Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who as a woman might be a Republican answer to Elizabeth Warren – the Democrat who ousted Mr. Brown in November? Richard Tisei, viewed as an up-and-comer who narrowly lost a 2012 bid for the US House?
Try none of the above.
Even Tagg Romney, son of the former governor who ran for president against Mr. Obama last year, was mentioned and then said no thanks.
The race for Senate will still be a contested one. Some other Massachusetts Republicans are launching campaigns or testing the waters. It’s just that the most likely contenders are no-shows.