NEWBURYPORT — Citing significant deficiencies in the nation’s mental health care system, local psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Keith Ablow is seriously considering a run for John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat.
The 51-year-old Newbury Republican and frequent Fox News contributor announced last week that if former senator Scott Brown and former governor William Weld decide not to run for Kerry’s soon-to-be-vacant seat, he would strongly consider seeking his party’s nomination. Kerry is poised to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
“I think people are ready for someone who is committed to getting to the truth and who wants to do the hard work of fixing our tax system, tackling the debt, revamping our education system and building our mental health care system so we’re not exposed to events like the one in Newtown, Conn.,” Ablow said, adding that he does not believe gun control would be an effective solution.
Ablow has never held public office and has very little political experience, but he said he isn’t worried about the adjustment becoming a lawmaker would require. He described himself as a “fast study” and believes he could put his experience as a doctor and a businessman to good use in Washington.
“I’m not a career politician, I’m a politician with a career,” Ablow said. “I think we need more people from outside the process to enter the process.”
Ablow’s Senate aspirations have been known for several years now. In 2010, he was spotted at a dinner function with national Republican strategist Roger Stone, who reportedly asked him to consider running for Kerry’s senate seat in 2014.
Stone remains one of Ablow’s biggest political supporters, and Ablow said he was among those urging him to run, along with Joshua Resnek, founder of the Boston-based Independent Newspaper Group, and others who he said requested not to be named.