MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Globe lists five Republicans who could run for the Senate seat now that Scott Brown has decided against a run – former Gov. Bill Weld, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, state Rep. Dan Winslow, former state Rep. Karyn Polito, or FOX News contributor/talk show host Dr. Keith Ablow.
The Boston Herald adds a name to the mix: “Tagg, you’re it for GOP Senate hopes.” From the story: “Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out.”
It also includes: “Gabriel Gomez, a Navy SEAL who is set to meet with national Republicans to discuss a possible race this week.”
NEW JERSEY: Maggie Haberman notes that Cory Booker, despite being the favorite to replace Frank Lautenberg, has shown signs of having being thin-skinned. She writes: “Booker initially agreed to be interviewed by Politico, rescheduled twice, then canceled 20 minutes after a reporter asked for comment on criticisms he had received from a prominent New Jersey Democrat about how he’s handled his campaign rollout.” Booker has complained about a New York Times report, said he was “annoyed” by questions from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, and sent a nasty response on Twitter to a reporter from the Newark Star-Ledger after a story Booker didn’t like. Booker has a lot of Twitter followers, who leapt to his defense, but as Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf says in the story, “Senate campaigns are not won over Twitter.”
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum called Booker’s comments about Bain during the election “inexplicable,” noted: “He at times has not been exactly sure-footed.” And, he said, Booker “probably could have handled Frank Lautenberg a little better.”
“Democrats have come out in force to support their default candidate for governor — state Sen. Barbara Buono,” AP writes, adding, “The 59-year-old progressive is the presumptive nominee to face Gov. Chris Christie in November. Buono says she'll fight for the middle-class and working poor forgotten during the Christie administration.” Of Christie’s popularity, the former lawyer said: “The state's high unemployment and property taxes existed ‘before the winds ever gusted or the ocean ever rose beyond our shores.’”