NEWBURYPORT — As state Republicans debate whether to seek John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming special election, local psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Keith Ablow has announced that he is thinking about tossing his name into the mix if the going favorites decide not to run.
Ablow, 51, of Newbury said in a written statement yesterday that if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as the next secretary of state and if neither Scott Brown nor William Weld runs for his seat, he would seriously consider running for Senate himself.
“The dysfunction in Washington and the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., are both signs this country needs help, and, if neither William Weld nor Scott Brown is the candidate to bring that help from Massachusetts to Washington, I will take those who have asked me to run much more seriously,” Ablow said yesterday in a statement to the Boston Herald. “It is time, on so many levels, for real leadership based on the truth.”
Brown, who recently lost his re-election bid to Elizabeth Warren, and Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, are considered the most likely Republican candidates to run for Kerry’s seat. Ablow did not specifically say whether he would seek the Republican nomination if he ran; but according to state documents he has supported GOP candidates in the past, including Charlie Baker’s 2010 run for governor.
Ablow runs Baystate Psychiatry on Water Street in Newburyport along with a clinic in New York City, and he serves as an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also a frequent contributor to Fox News, where he is a member of the Fox News Medical A-Team and a regular columnist on the organization’s website.
A message left for Ablow at his Newburyport office seeking further comment wasn’t returned by press time.