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Sen. Thomas McGee mounts bid to become state Democratic chair

Posted by Your Town  September 17, 2013 11:55 AM

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As he looks ahead to 2014, when Massachusetts pols will compete for at least four open statewide constitutional offices, Sen. Thomas McGee, a Lynn Democrat who is hoping to become the next party chairman, said Tuesday it will be opportunity to continue the streak of Democratic wins.

“Clearly I think we’re looking to work together with all of the candidates as we talk about the important issues that face us,” McGee told the News Service. “And I think, in a healthy way, talking about the things we care about as Democrats, and why it’s important to have a clear discussion on how we continue to have success as a party and build on the things we’ve been able to do over the last several elections.”

McGee is seeking to succeed chairman John Walsh, who is moving on to become a political aide to Gov. Deval Patrick. In his campaign for party chair, McGee said, “I’m not aware of any other candidate.”

Charlie Baker, who ran against Gov. Deval Patrick in 2010, has announced his candidacy for governor. Asked for his thoughts on Baker, McGee, who helped advance this year’s $500 million tax bill to fund transportation and budget investments, said, “I’m not going to comment right now.” Democratic Party officials recently mocked Baker’s video rollout to launch his campaign and revisited a line of attack that Patrick deployed against Baker in 2010, using his work on the Big Dig financing plan during the Weld administration as a knock against him.

The last Republican to win statewide was Scott Brown, who pulled off an upset victory in a January 2010 special election for U.S. Senate against Attorney General Martha Coakley. Before Brown, the last Republican to win statewide was Mitt Romney, who defeated Shannon O'Brien in 2002 to take the governor's office.

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