Republican Jack E. Robinson, who has waged three unsuccessful campaigns for major political offices in the state in the last nine years, has announced that he is jumping into another race – the contest for the US Senate seat left open by the death of longtime Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Jack E. Robinson (Robinson campaign)
"I'm excited to kick off a very positive and forward-looking campaign. Our campaign will be one of fresh ideas and a fresh perspective, focusing on the issues and providing solutions for the people of Massachusetts," Robinson said in a statement.
Robinson will face Republican State Senator Scott Brown in the Dec. 8 GOP primary.
His campaign said today that he had filed 11,120 petition signatures, more than the 10,000 required to get on the ballot.
It will be the second time Robinson, a lawyer and businessman who paid people to gather the signatures, has run for the Senate seat. He was the GOP's 2000 nominee against Kennedy, but won only 13 percent of the vote in a crowded field. He was disowned by the Republican establishment after a series of controversial issues surfaced about his personal life.
"That's an issue that has been addressed years ago and we're looking forward to moving forward with a positive campaign and addressing today's issues like bringing jobs to Massachusetts," said Robinson's press secretary, Alleigh Marre.
Frank Phillips of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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