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  •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, LordMike, MichaelNY

    I'm wondering if that's just the typical terminology, and he is actually running for Senate. Or if he is genuinely exploring the race, leaving himself an opportunity to decline.

    Because, as Marcus Graley notes, there really isnt a lot of time to explore if he wants to get into the race.

    •  I have it on good authority he is running (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      They just need time to get the website, announcement video, and Christie visit lined up. Doing a launch with Christie would generate instant national press and donor dollars.

      •  Why would Christie touch this guy? (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        I mean why would the Mass voter care what Christie says or does and why would Christie back somebody who would be a long shot to win.  Backing a loser doesn't help Christie, and if the guy is a social moderate and loses to boot that doesn't hep Christie as a king maker.  

        Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

        by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:03:54 PM PST

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        •  Christie is the only prominent Republican (6+ / 0-)

          With pull in the Northeast and among Independents and to a lesser degree Democrats. If your wanting a big name, he is the only game in town.

          Christie gets points for backing the Republican candidate. I do not understand where this idea comes from that there is somehow a loss to backing a losing candidate in a race if they are a good candidate. If this was a State Senate race in New Jersey and Winslow was challenging Sweeney you might have a point, but there are zero negative consequences here.

          Winslow is a good candidate. The local media likes him, he is unlikely to do anything wrong or embarrass himself, and Christie gets to set himself as Kingmaker of the GOP in the Northeast. That after all will be his selling point in 2016, that Republicans outside the Midwest and South run for their lives when they hear Jindal/Cruz/Bush are on their way, but they will cross broken glass to get a Christie appearance.

          Finally Winslow is on mixed terms with Romney people, who are still mad over Sandy, which means that if Winslow turns in a credible performance, say 46% or so, then Christie has a solid base vis-e-ve Rubio in the Boston fundraising circle.

      •  Yeah, I think he is running too (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        He said there is a 99% chance he is running.

        Just seems like an awkward roll out.

        Beyond money(which is certainly important), I dont see Christie's support helping Winslow much in MA.

        Do you think anyone else will run on GOP side? Gabriel Gomez? Or the national party will pretty much lineup behind Winslow?

        •  Gomez is a nut (3+ / 0-)

          That said, he is more useful to some in the party precisely because he cannot win. Scott Brown winning was arguably one of the worst things that ever happened to the firm of Kaufman & Hacks since it undermined Charlie Baker's position. If Winslow were to win 46% and Brown were, as appears likely, to bow out of the 2014 Governor's race, Winslow would be the frontrunner instead of Baker/Weld. Therefore Ron Kaufman and some of the Romney people are swirling around Gomez.

          Gomez was behind the ads attacking Obama for personalizing the Bin Ladin raid this summer.

          http://leanforward.msnbc.com/...

          Ironically, Gomez supported Obama in 2008, before setting up a superpac to run those ads as well as ones calling Obama a socialist.

          http://www.redmassgroup.com/...

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