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January 26, 2010

Local psychiatrist interested in run for Kerry's Senate seat

NEWBURYPORT — Psychiatrist, best-selling author and TV personality Dr. Keith Ablow may soon add political hopeful to his resume.

Ablow is not ruling out a run for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat in 2014 as a Republican opponent.

Ablow was spotted over the weekend in New York City with Republican strategist Roger Stone. Also at the dinner was criminal defense attorney Joe DiBenedetto, who once represented Peter Gotti, older brother of the late Gambino boss John Gotti.

"Roger asked me to think about the idea," Ablow said last night. "It's so far off in time, I haven't needed to decide yet. I am flattered a man with such expertise would suggest it."

Ablow said he knows Stone through a mutual friend and after a conversation regarding unrelated topics, Stone told Ablow to think about politics.

"I'm interested in using the talent I have to help the greatest number of people I can help," Ablow said. "He suggested politics as a way to do that."

While not a career politician, Ablow does have some experience.

"As a kid I worked for U.S. Sen. Ed Brooke," he said.

Brooke was elected as the state's first black senator in 1966 and served until 1979.

"I'm intrigued by politics," Ablow said, noting one would have to ask Stone exactly why he is urging him to run for Senate.

"Roger is extremely energetic," Ablow said. "I'm sure we will talk more about it in the future. I think we share an esprit de corps."

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