Michael Sullivan was also a state legislator, before moving on to district attorney, U.S. attorney, and head of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau. Both he and Dan Winslow had 100 percent ratings with Citizens for Limited Taxation; both can be counted on to support fiscal responsibility in the U.S. Senate. I endorsed Dan as soon as he jumped into the race for the Senate seat when John Kerry was appointed secretary of state. I was hoping he’d be the only Republican candidate so he could focus on raising money and campaigning for a tough race against Congressman Ed Markey, who’s a poster boy for why term limits are needed, having stayed in that same safe spot for 36 years.
But alas, Republicans didn’t pull together even in a short time-frame election against a Democrat with a huge war chest, so two more candidates jumped in: Gabriel Gomez, from out of nowhere, supported by party regulars whom I’d have expected to support Dan because there was no reason not to, and Mike Sullivan, who was urged by social conservatives to run so they wouldn’t have to support a social moderate who might actually win. Given a choice among fiscal conservatives, I’ll go with the most knowledgeable one with whom I agree on choice and gay marriage. I hope other independents, who can vote in the Republican primary next Tuesday, will also vote for Dan Winslow for U.S. Senate.
Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular Salem News columnist.