Even lesser-known contenders began emerging this week: Jon Fetherston, who was chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Ashland and lost a race for the Legislature, announced his candidacy. Governor’s Councilor Jennie Caissie is also reportedly considering a run. Also viewed as potential contenders are state Senate minority leader Bruce E. Tarr and former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan.
The state GOP is contrasting the freshness of the emerging potential candidates with the familiarity of the Democratic field.
Tim Buckley, a party spokesmen, characterized Lynch and Markey as “two creatures of Washington, D.C., vying for the Senate.”
“The current group of Republicans taking a long, hard look at this race are going to be a stark contrast to the mediocre congressmen currently vying for the Democratic nomination,” Buckley said. “What better way to offer a fresh face and new direction for the voters of Massachusetts than with this group of potential candidates?”