GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

February 23, 2013

Letter: Challenges for post-Scott Brown candidates

To the editor:

Regarding the editorial “Tarr deserves credit for tough call” (The Times, Monday, Feb. 18), although state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr announced he’s not running, it’s suddenly a very crowded Republican field for the upcoming Senate race.

We may see even more entrants before next week’s filing deadline.

But this chorus of contenders faces very real challenges: First, the eventual nominee will need to overcome the perception of being the party’s “second choice” after Scott Brown. This requires both carving out a unique identity and maneuvering beyond the distracting media comparisons to the former senator.

Second, name recognition may be a problem, particularly with the condensed schedule before the April 30 primary and June 25 general election.

Third, and most daunting, outside fund-raising dollars could dry up if national Republicans see the race as a long shot — particularly if Congressmen Ed Markey, D-Malden, and Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, come roaring out of the gate.

Then again, anything can happen in an off-year special election, where voter turnout tends to wane and earned media can boost an underdog.

ADAM SILBERT

East 78th St., New York, N.Y.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'