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February 5, 2013

Ablow: Will run with GOP backing

Senate bid rests on being sole candidate

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That leaves Romney’s former lieutenant governor, Kerry Healey, who also served as a foreign policy adviser in Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign; ex-Navy SEAL and fighter pilot Gabriel Gomez; Massachusetts state Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk, who is expected to announce his decision today; and former state Rep. Karyn Polito among the remaining possible candidates

Congressmen Edward Markey of Malden and Stephen Lynch of South Boston are vying for the Democratic nomination in the special election.

Ablow, an outspoken conservative commentator who calls himself a political outsider, said he’s been talking with national Republican operative Roger Stone as well as some key party figures on the state level, who he said aren’t comfortable publicly revealing themselves at this time.

He expects the picture to become clearer in the next few days, since a decision on who enters the race must be made quickly. Party candidates have until Feb. 27 to turn in 10,000 signatures to election officials to be included on the ballot. Ablow said the task is no small feat.

“If one started today, they would need to get 500 signatures a day,” he said.

Ablow doesn’t believe the Republican Party can go without a candidate in the race.

“I can’t imagine the party would like the special election to go uncontested, nor do they need to ... and they just might win,” he said.

But he also acknowledged he might not be exactly whom the party has in mind.

“The theme for my campaign would be that the truth doesn’t have a political agenda. This wouldn’t be about making myself palatable to the greatest number of people. This would be about being completely honest about what I think and why and letting people make their own, autonomous, honest judgments.

“ ... To candy-coat anything I believe in or withhold any opinion I have on an issue would be counter to everything I have worked for my entire life.”

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