So far, neither Brown nor Weld have indicated whether they will run, but Ablow said he expects to make his decision shortly after they make theirs. The reason for the delay, he said, is because he thinks it’s important that the Republican candidate emerge from the primary in a strong position to challenge the eventual Democratic nominee.
“The reason I think it’s important to wait to see their intentions is because a bruising Republican primary would be in no one’s interests,” Ablow said. “I’m the newcomer to this field, and so it seems appropriate to find out whether either of these candidates intends to move forward.”
If Ablow does decide to run, he will likely face considerable heat from his prospective Democratic opponent over his past commentary on Fox News. He has generated controversy in the past for his stances on homosexuality and violence in the media, and last November he raised eyebrows when he suggested that Vice President Joe Biden was suffering from dementia after the vice presidential debate.
Regardless, Ablow said he stands by everything he has said on the network because “it’s what I really think,” and he added that voters who want to get to know him better will have an extensive record to refer to, and he hopes they take advantage of that.
Ablow has lived in the Newbury area for the past 12 years and operates a psychiatry clinic along the Newburyport waterfront at 36 Water St. He said he loves living in the area and if elected, he hopes to use his influence to help build up the economy and protect Plum Island homes from further beach erosion.
In light of the recent storm that rendered four Annapolis Way homes uninhabitable, Ablow, who is a former Plum Island resident himself, said he would be in favor of granting homeowners in vulnerable beachfront areas greater ability to protect their homes.