By Mac Cerullo
---- — NEWBURYPORT — Local psychiatrist and Fox News personality Keith Ablow announced yesterday that he would not be running for John Kerry’s vacant senate seat and will instead back the candidacy of Republican State Rep. Dan Winslow.
Ablow, 51, of Newbury had previously indicated that he would consider a run if both former Sen. Scott Brown and former Gov. William Weld didn’t run. When both announced they would not seek Kerry’s seat, Ablow said he would only run if he had the full support of his party and could avoid a primary.
When Winslow announced his intention to run, Ablow said he spoke to his advisors and they agreed staying out of the race was his best course of action.
“As I made clear, with the sprint to the Special Election in June, a primary fight was not in my blood,” Ablow said in a statement. “I have conferred with my chief advisor Roger Stone, who agreed with my assessment of a primary as an unwise choice for me.”
Winslow, a two-term state representative from Norfolk and a former judge, is currently the only Republican candidate for Kerry’s senate seat. If he runs unopposed for the Republican nomination, he will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Congressmen Ed Markey of Malden and Stephen Lynch of South Boston.
Ablow called Winslow a man of “great intellect, creativity and compassion,” and said he would be joining Winslow’s exploratory committee.
The prospect of Ablow potentially running for senate riled up a number of left-leaning groups who have accused him of using his Fox News platform to propagate anti-LGBT views. Ablow is a member of the network’s “Medical A-Team” and is a frequent contributor to Fox News.
Ablow runs Baystate Psychiatry at 36 Water Street in Newburyport, and also operates a clinic in New York City as well. He is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and has worked in a number of other institutions over the course of his career.