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January 8, 2013
James Taylor for Senate?
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Politico: Ben Affleck has bowed out, but now another famous name has been floated for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s seat, MassLive.com reports:

A public radio broadcaster is now encouraging singer/songwriter James Taylor to enter the race for John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat.

Alan Chartock is president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, an Albany, N.Y.-based station that covers parts of Western Massachusetts. Chartock on Monday penned a blog post urging Taylor to run. Chartock argued that Taylor would have a better chance of beating likely Republican candidate Scott Brown than would Democrat Ed Markey, the dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

“JT, who famously followed that road ‘from Stockbridge to Boston,’ is as much of a hero to the people of the Bay State as General Henry Knox was,” Chartock wrote, referring to the Boston-born Revolutionary War hero.

Chartock cited Taylor’s efforts fundraising for the Democratic Party. During the 2012 campaign, Taylor hosted a concert on behalf of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and performed at a rally with Democratic President Barack Obama.

Despite the urging, Taylor hasn’t publicly expressed any interest in running. Chartock said he’s spoken to the singer – who lives in Massachusetts – and has “not gotten any kind of affirmative answer about whether this is something he’d want to do.”
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