Scott Brown Will Not Run for U.S. Senate

Who do you think should be the Republican candidate?


Scott Brown ended speculation Friday afternoon as to whether he would run for U.S. Senate, announcing that he is not entering the race for the seat left vacant by John Kerry’s confirmation to the post of Secretary of State.

Two Democratic political opponents – Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) – will face off in the April 30 primary with the special election set for June 25. There are currently no Republican candidates in the race.

Markey, who represents the 5th Congressional District, kicked off his campaign in December. Lynch launched his bid with a formal announcement Thursday afternoon. Lynch represents the 8th Congressional District.

With Brown out of the running, what Republican would you like to see run for the seat? Leave your thoughts in the comment field below.

Aron Levy March 05, 2013 at 04:13 AM
I appreciate the good will, guys. I only open with insult because I feel (as I admitted earlier), that wliberals are severely under-represented on this board, and going negative seems to be the only way to get our point across. Regarding the 'Best and Brightest' comment, I used to be a fan of Jay Severin years ago. Then I realized what a terrible person he is. And now he works for Glenn Beck. But just yesterday, I had the hoary honor of being personally insulted by that vile man on another site. For him to call me a 'disloyal American' is the highest compliment I've received in quite some time.
Anonymous March 06, 2013 at 01:08 AM
lol, just decided to join this thread. I admire Jay Severin for calling things by their true names, which he did in your case, Aaron Levy. And I miss his radio shows.
Michael Fleming March 06, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Wow, really Aron? Jay Severin himself called you a disloyal American? I thought the guy was off chasing women in Iceland somewhere. Is he really working for Glenn Beck? What site was this? I'd love to read that exchange. I honestly didn't the guy was still active. Please guide me to this site. I had no idea.
dan March 06, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Jay Severin is on the radio at 2:pm http://www.theblaze.com/radio/
Vineyard Worker March 06, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Fair enough. You are right, I am not politically strong, yet I am following the issues because I know I am not politically strong. The fights are distracting and a little embarassing yet your point was well taken, I will refrain.
Earnhardt March 06, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Jay Severin is still around? I thought he would be off chasing interns somewhere, Gotta admit, when he first started on the Boston Talk radio scene he was really good and enlightening. Then somewhere along the way he turned nasty and it was actually painful to listen. As for 96.9 ending the talk format, I miss it. I enjoyed listening in the morning and I always tuned in for Micheal Smirconish.
Aron Levy March 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Big words for someone who refuses to give their real name. Why don't you come and say that to my face, Anon?
Michael Fleming March 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Vineyard No, no, no, don't refrain. That was not the point of my reply to you. Your opinions are exactly worth 100% as much as mine and everyone else's here on these pages. It's the exchange of ideas, whatever they are, that is what is important here. This format allows a non PC (within limits) conversation that we can't have with our work mates or students or whatever, as the PC police can get you fired, or reprimanded or expelled for saying what is REALLY on your mind. (Thank you Democrats! This ugly turn of intellectual events and censorship is on you! Especially in our colleges). So we must turn to semi anonymous forms of communication to voice our thoughts. Keep listening and learning, vineyard, and if you have something to say, go for it. You are as welcome as anyone here who stays honest and respectful.
Let's Open our eyes March 06, 2013 at 04:21 PM
But Mike, That's MJ's only trick , when the gasbag runs out, it's time to nitpick on spelling and gramtical errors. One-trick pony.
Michael Fleming March 06, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Earnhardt Agree totally. I liked Severin initially. Smart, witty and not above putting dummies (intellectually dishonest) in their place. His logic was impeccable. Agreed with his stance on all these wars we are fighting in East Crazy-Stan. Those religious nut jobs have been killing each other for thousands of years and are not about to stop because we are there. I agree with Obama: (did i just say that?) Pull everyone out and let them melt their own world down. But you're right, he started getting nasty. I met him at an event at Kens Steakhouse once and had a lengthy conversation with him after his show about the value of telling the truth but clothed in respectful manner, that his message would go farther, hit harder and make more of a difference in the long run, ...AND he wouldn't keep getting suspended, which did nobody any good... Let's just say he didn't agree. Smirconish was a good example of that respectfull, thought out reasoning, though I think he softballed Obamas interviews. He was a good interviewer and considered both points of view. I miss him and that station.
Let's Open our eyes March 06, 2013 at 04:38 PM
More name-calling, nice job JT. Glad to see you didn't miss your MENSA application. Perhaps you could explain to me then, why as a Senator for a mere 3 yrs. Brown authored more legislation than our former glass-jawed Sen., Kerry's almost 30 year tenure? Maybe because Kerry is a married-rich, northeast liberal elitist who would rather whine about things than help solve them? Brown, after less than 10 mos. In office somehow managed to write the 2011 STOCK Act, a move that would ban insider trading (like the activity Kerry participated in) in Congress? But I guess you Dems find a little brown pick-up truck more offensive than Kerry parking his $7M, 76’ yacht in RI to skip out on the $550k tax bill. And you’re ok paying for that? You’re ok with ME paying for that? I’m not! How is that about the paying one’s fair share?
Let's Open our eyes March 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The libs squashed the talk radio station because they didn't like the inroads it helpe offer the Rep party in MA. The only accepable mainstream platform now is pablum talk on WGBH, which of course is a conservative friendly outlet, right? Rrrriiiiiiiiigggghhhhttttt.
Michael Fleming March 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Open Eyes- I would LOVE to agree with you on the reason for the demise of 96.9 but the truth is, it was simply a business decision. The numbers just weren't there after Severin left. WGBH is a fine station if you are a lefty or apolitical. But their soft squew (is that a word?) to the left only supports the non critical leave-me-alone thinking of most people that live here. Kind of like political Muzak for those that are not engaged in politics. They are listening, it sounds topical, so therefore they think they are "staying abreast" of the news, but in fact, it is designed to put the citizenry to sleep with feel good Left-Think. And since it is subsidized by our tax dollars, it will never be subject to the whims of the market place as WTKK and all the rest of us are.
Aron Levy March 06, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Censorship and political correctness? When was the last time you were actually ON a college campus, Mike? Tenure exists for just that reason. Try again, friend.
Aron Levy March 06, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Hey Mike, just curious, how much tax money do you think NPR receives? Because I get the feeling that it is less than 1/100th of what you think. And if you actually think their analysis is 'feel-good,' I suggest you actually listen to GBH and BUR. It is infinitely fairer to the right wing than talk radio is to the left. (When was the last time you heard Rush say anything positive about someone with whom he disagrees?)
Michael Fleming March 07, 2013 at 12:34 AM
The CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is 100% federally funded. It gives 10% of all NPR funding. State and local taxes amount to 6%. So, 16% is tax payer funded. Most businesses operate at between 1% and 10% margin of profit. So this 16% Buffer distorts its business model, to the point that a free market is never actually in play for NPR or Freddie Mack or Fannie Mae type quasi governmental arms of government. Oh, and I DO listen to both of them. It's very fine programming. All Things Considered. The Jim and Margery Show, i never miss the game shows "Says You" and "Wait Wait" And I'm a big fan of Garrison Keilors show. Yup ...listen to em all the time. I even contribute during their endless fund drives. But Aron, it IS feel-good leftism. Sorry.
Michael Fleming March 07, 2013 at 01:01 AM
But yes, I DO agree that WGBH is fairer to the right than Rush is to the left. I don't listen to Rush, but when I have, he is pretty on fire. But that has a lot to do with the type of shows they both are. I wouldn't compare WGBH to the Limbaugh Show in any way shape or form. Remember, I said "soft left". So comparing their relative content and level of "fairness" is comparing apples to pineapples. My point is about federal funding, how it distorts the free market (like unions do) and the soft left approach of WGBH. They do include some conservative points of view. Rush does not reciprocate.
Michael Fleming March 07, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Aron Here is a good article about this disturbing trend about campus speech codes: http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/141356
Anonymous March 07, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Aron, I just refuse to join the same Jewish liberal "pro-democracy" sheeple that you, I guess, belong to.
Aron Levy March 07, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Mike, you're going to have to fun me a better source than the Hoover Institute. They are in the same league as AEI, Cato, and Heritage. I sworn plenty of time on college campuses. And while their numbers are small, there are definite conservative voices out there. Hell, before it was shut down for overt racism, there was a White Students Union at Towson State, run by the rabidly white nationalist Youth for Western Civilization. And because I respect you, I will concede your numbers regarding NPR. I don't exactly agree with them, but sadly, I have other things I must attend to tonight. Take care everybody!
Earnhardt March 07, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Hey Mike, I agree with everything you are saying. I also listen to "Wait Wait" "Says You" and of course "Car Talk" I still miss 96.9 though. Where did Michael Graham end up? and what time are Jim and Margery on?
Earnhardt March 07, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Is it me? or is Anonymous starting to sound familiar? Oh well, someone HAD to fill in the gap.
Michael Fleming March 07, 2013 at 03:37 AM
The numbers I got are from a Google search. I can't vouch for them personally. You are free to make your own search. We can't know and have personal experience about everything, right? I try to not make up facts, as I am in a search for the truth, not for validation of what I already believe, so if you have better numbers, let them be known. Your comment about the Hoover Institute brings me to a question. The Hoover Institute is a conservative think tank, agreed. Am I to understand that along with the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation, any organization that is conservative based is automatically considered lying or a disreputible source? So, as a response, any studies or articles by LEFT leaning think tanks should also to be considered liars by me? So any and all critical thought produced by ANY think tank that is either left leaning or right leaning is to be discounted and tossed aside in any conversation? There is NO TRUTH to be found in the studies of EITHER side? Or are you saying that its just the conservative think tanks that twist the truth, but the left leaning think tanks...why THEY are the paragons of truth, never swaying from the facts? Is that your proposition? Then where do we come together? How do we bridge our communication gap if every thing that conservatives thinkers say is a lie or exaggeration, and so is everything YOU say? How do we fix anything? How do we communicate? How do we EVER find a middle?
Earnhardt March 07, 2013 at 04:14 AM
I don't think the middle can be found anymore, Back in the day when there was no internet, and neighbors actually talked to their neighbors, all the world's issues could be solved in a conversation over the fence after dinner. Now there is so much info out there, so much info available on everything, there can be no middle ground. Forums like this allow many different viewpoints and offer up so much info to be checked on, It's impossible to cover it all, therefore middle ground can never be achieved, Every viewpoint is a counter viewpoint, Every opinion is a different opinion. Middle Ground is long gone I'm afraid.
Michael Fleming March 07, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Earn- I really, REALLY want to think you are dead wrong. But, I too am losing heart that we can ever be a bi partisan society again, the middle ground being just an anachronism and a memorable souvenir of the Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neal's era...never to be seen again. I honestly had hope that Obama would be the vehicle that a lot of racial animosity and tension would be ratcheted down, tempers softened, some reconciliation achieved. But what we got instead was a president that was intent on dividing the races to payback the minorities for the offenses given to them over the years. Divides deepened. The Left went on a spending rampage fueled by self righteousness and imagined moral superiority. Like a OWS mob breaking into Macy's, every theft an act of "justice". The Right reacting with a grass roots movement of entrenchment. Yes, I think the middle ground is in trouble. This administration is partially responsible. The Internet is too. There is no longer tolerance of the right as an alternative set of ideas, but rather it's considered " hate speech" and as such, ipso facto denied a place at the negotiating table, ironically in the name of tolerance, even though half the population holds most of its principals as their own. You might be right Earnhardt.... Arons dismissal of an article written by the reputable Hoover Institute is, I'm afraid, an example. If we cannot listen to our best and brightest political thinkers, it will only be the radicals left talking.
Earnhardt March 07, 2013 at 05:06 AM
You know Michael, I may ultimately be wrong, and that's fine too. But I have been on patch for quite a while now, and I have yet to see middle ground reached on any thread, Usually the insults alone make it impossible to comment with reason and knowledge, You end up having to defend whatever point of view you have, or you get sucked into sniping. Aron dismisses viewpoints too easily, I think we all do at times, But this point of view that If it doesn't come from an institute or article or commentator I like and agree with so therefore your point is not valid is becoming the predominate factor here. Aron seems to express that the most. He is a smart guy and has great knowledge on many different subjects, But he has to accept other points of view as valid arguments as well. We all do. if not, the middle ground is a thing of the past. Time for bed, Talk tomorrow.....
Rob March 08, 2013 at 12:42 AM
I think someone has a crush on Mr Brown
Viking March 08, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Aron: Re "Obama's stash" -- that is a quote from an Obama supporter, the video shown numerous times on news reports and elsewhere. Gail is clearly paying more attention to what is going on than you are.
Phil March 08, 2013 at 04:18 PM
a fifty grader? hahahaha...
Michael Fleming March 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Aron? Wondering about your response to my question about ever finding middle ground. (Note several frames up.). Interested in your reasoned reply.


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