With Scott Brown Out, Massachusetts Republicans Are Getting Desperate

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Good luck, guys. Photo: Win McNamee/2012 Getty Images

Though it was widely assumed that Scott Brown would enter the special election for John Kerry's Senate seat this summer — to the point that some people suggested Obama shouldn't nominate Kerry and risk sending another Republican to Congress — Brown announced last week that he isn't interested in another shot at the Senate. Now Massachusetts Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate, and apparently they aren't picky. Ron Kaufman, a former aide to Mitt Romney, tells the Boston Herald that he's received several calls about Ann Romney, despite the fact that she's never expressed an interest in entering politics and was clearly fed up with nastiness of politics by the end of the campaign. Another somewhat more plausible suggestion is Tagg Romney, though he's mainly known for wanting to punch President Obama.

That might not be a problem, as the state GOP's leader tells the Herald that they don't even care if their candidate has name recognition. “If you think back, Scott Brown wasn’t a name, he was a state senator who worked his way up," she said. "I think what GOP candidates have to offer voters in Massachusetts is a fresh face and a new direction, and I think that’s the take-away from our candidates, whether they be a name or not.” So if you're at all interested in the job, don't let lack of experience or a set of nearly nude photos from your college days hold you back.