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A Wide Open Field Part Two

March 2, 2011

Little more than a year ago Brown won the seat in a Special election against Attorney General Martha Coakley, but he’s never participated in a full statewide campaign. In the past year he’s added to his war chest, but he’s also used his status as the ’41st vote’ to distance himself not only from the Massachusetts democratic delegation, but from some residents that voted for him last January.

In the final segment outlining those of who are joining the ranks of 2012 Senatorial candidates we’ll check out the final four who are currently being seriously speculated about.

City Year Founder Khazei

After an unsuccessful run for Kennedy’s seat during the special election Khazei has already mentioned that he’s likely to run. With his book Big Citizenship and the substantial tour that followed Khazei has gained not only clearer name recognition, but the ability to make a more direct pitch to Massachusetts residents. The social entrepreneur has been able to use his history as a youth service organizer to impact Massachusetts communities and—he hopes—to convenience voters of his legitimacy. Khazei’s never served as a government official and in an contest in most contenders have substantial government backgrounds it may be a tough road ahead.

Democratic Activist Robert Massie

The only candidate who’s already officially thrown his name into the race Massie is a party insider. The Fulbright scholar has done a lot of work in environmental policy and has been involved in some diplomacy. The former Lieutenant Governor candidate doesn’t have huge name recognition or a career that’s easily dispensed to the public. In the months since he’s formally announced his run he’s gained little attention—from the electorate or political commentators.

Former Romney Aide Robert Pozen

If the party’s asking he’s running or so the Former Mitt Romney aide has suggested to state party officials. With money being such a factor in a fight against Brown’s swelling bank account Pozen a wealth Boston financier has the potential to run an aggressive campaign. As the current chairman of Boston’s MFS Investment management and a member of Bush’s 2001 Social Security Commission Pozen knows who to approach both inside and outside of the state in hopes of big money asks. Party activists have concerns about Pozen’s Romney heavy past especially if it effects Romney’s bid for President.

Congressman Michael Capuano

It’s no surprise that the Congressman is weighing another challenge for MA’s U.S. Senate seat after unsuccessfully competing in the Democratic primary. Capuano has been a representative in the 8th Congressional since 1998 and his roots within the party are strong. Voters’ perceptions of Capuano leaves something to be desired, however, as his sometimes Rahm-est comments aren’t always well received by New Englanders That image problem and his lack of a substantial campaign funds may be a game ender regardless of his decision.

For any candidate vying for Brown’s Senate seat the stakes are high and everyone appears to want to wait until the last minute to avoid a high stress and high cost democratic primary.

Read more about the candidates and the upcoming race in USA Today’s blog On Politics, the blog The Hill, and the Boston Herald.

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