WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts state Rep. Dan Winslow (R) announced Tuesday that he is forming an exploratory committee for the special election for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Republican official to express interest in running for the seat after numerous top officials, including former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) decided against a run.
"Today I’m taking the necessary steps to form an exploratory committee to test the waters for the U.S. Senate. We need to fix a broken Washington where progress is being hampered by partisan gridlock. If we continue to elect the same Washington politicians, we can not expect different results,” he said in a statement. “The people of Massachusetts and all Americans deserve solutions from their elected officials. Washington needs to focus on problem solving and implement ideas that will create jobs and grow our economy."
Former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) vacated his seat after he was nominated by President Barack Obama for secretary of state, then confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Former Lt. Gov Kerry Healey, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's son Tagg, former Gov. Bill Weld, State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei and former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker have all declined runs. Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez is mulling a run.
Winslow represents the same district that Brown did in the state legislature.
Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have announced their runs on the Democratic side.