Republican Christy Mihos will stay in the race for governor, after spending a day seriously considering running instead for the Senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy, two Mihos aides said today.
Mihos yesterday spoke with the staff of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, informing them that he was heavily leaning toward seeking the Republican nomination in the special election to fill Kennedy's seat. Mihos told the Globe last night that he was ''just about there.''
But, in a posting on the Republican blog Red Mass Group this morning, Joe Manzoli, a senior campaign aide, said that Mihos would remain in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
"Contrary to news reports you may have heard last evening and this morning, Christy Mihos is a candidate for governor of Massachusetts not for the US Senate," Manzoli's statement reads. "Christy has made that abundantly clear from the onset. Christy was approached by some representative of the national committee to consider running for the US Senate seat in the special election. As is sometimes the case, the story was leaked to the media and got on the news last evening. I want to assure everyone that Christy is committed to be the candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2010 as we continue to fight for the citizens of this great state."
This afternoon, Mihos released a statement explaining his decision, which follows:
"I was approached by members of the Republican Party to run for the US Senate seat. As flattering as this is, the people know me as someone who is going to fight for them, for their quality of life, and the best way for me to do that is as governor of Massachusetts.
The issues before our nation are compelling. I am against socializing our health care system and of the constant bailouts and deficit spending that are before the Senate at this critical juncture.
Yet, my focus and desire is to become governor of my home state. Massachusetts is where I can do the most to confront the abuse of power and the corruption that we face everyday. This is where we must stop them before they tax again! I seek the governor's office because I understand what needs to be done and will take these challenges on like I did dealing with the Big Dig. You can not be an insider and reform state government. I am not beholden to anyone or anything except the interests of working people.
I am the only person in this race with a successful record of keeping my promises to the people, to fight to make their lives better, and that is what I intend to do as the next governor of Massachusetts"
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