Although most election-related conversation has revolved around the 2012 Presidential race, a Massachusetts activist recently attracted some national attention to a key Senate race.
Alan Khazei, co-founder of the nonprofit group City Year, announced on April 26 that he will campaign for the Democratic nomination to face Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.). He is the third Democrat, along with minister and activist Bob Massie and attorney Marisa DeFranco, to announce their intentions to challenge Brown in 2012.
“We have to grow our economy, create new jobs, and expand opportunity for the middle class. Together, we can do it,” Khazei wrote on his website.
Two years ago, Khazei ran for the Democratic nomination to fill the seat previously held by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He lost in the primary, placing third out of four candidates on the ballot.
Recent polls have shown that Brown is very popular among Massachusetts voters, who traditionally support left-wing politicians. However, the freshman Senator may be making some enemies with his colleagues on Capitol Hill. On April 25, he was reluctant to join fellow GOP Senators in calling for increased military action in Libya.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have been vocal about their support for the United States military arming Libyan rebels. According to The Boston Globe, Brown said that President Barack Obama should first make a case for further involvement before it is carried out.