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U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Winslow

GOP senate candidate Dan Winslow at WBUR. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

GOP senate candidate Dan Winslow at WBUR. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

There are three branches of government and Republican Dan Winslow has served in all of them.
He was a district court judge. The chief legal counsel to Governor Mitt Romney. And now, he’s a state representative from Norfolk.

And these days, he’s also running for the U.S. Senate, hoping to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.


Dan Winslow, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate


WBUR: “Republican candidates for the special U.S. Senate election in the Commonwealth are now scrambling to amass 10,000 valid signatures, having been left with three weeks to qualify for the April 30 primary after former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown dragged out his decision not to run in his third Senate race in four years.”

Boston Globe: “State Representative Daniel B. Winslow, a former judge and onetime aide to Governor Mitt Romney, said Thursday he is entering the special election for the US Senate, the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy.”

Here’s some video of Winslow announcing his candidacy.

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  • http://twitter.com/CelticsStef Stef D

    Mr. Wilson is being referred to as Mitt Romney’s protege.  Why in Massachusetts would we want that? Someone that is not convinced of global warming and wants to follow Scott Walker of Wisconsin’s actions on unions/collective bargaining rights.  No thanks, Mr. Winslow.

  • Voter

    What does Mr. Winslow think of the National Republican Senate Committee wooing Gabriel Gomez, the other Republican candidate?

    He has no political experience (in elected office, at least), yet the national GOP group seems to have somewhat selected him as a — or THE — Republican candidate.

    What has been Mr. Winslow’s discussions, if any, with the Nat. Republican Senatorial Comm.?

  • J__o__h__n

    What were the votes he voted against the Democrats on?  That statistic is meaningless as all votes aren’t of equal importance. 

  • J__o__h__n

    The problem in DC is Republican obstructionism.  How would sending another Republican solve that?

  • J__o__h__n

    If he thinks we need Republican representation in the Republican House, why is he running for Senate?

  • J__o__h__n

    As Romney’s legal counsel, what was Winslow’s role in applying the old law denying marriage to out of state couples?

  • Call_Me_Missouri

    I am calling BULLSPIT on your guest.

    Once you get to Washington and realize that you, like everyone else in Congress, has to raise $10,000 every single day you are there in order to be re-elected the next time, you too will make friends with the special interests who are the easiest to extract campaign finance funds from.

    State politics are cheap.  National Politics is a whole new kind of money.

  • 65noname

    what a silly, silly softball interview.  First, when he simply gives generalist platitudes instead of answering questions shouldn’t the announcer suggest that he answer the question?  And what’s with him getting away with implying  that he believes that gay marriage is constitutitional when, as he later stated, he led the state government’s legal assault on the MA court case that declared it constitutional?  How about directly asking him whether he thinks that the constitution mandates that gay people have a right to be married?  Not just whether the court so ruled, HIS legal opinion; after all he is a former  judge.  And how about asking him whether he supports a woman’s unrestricted right to choice, yes or no; and if the answer is no, what SPECIFIC restrictions does he believe in?

    And what about asking him, yes or no, does he believe that health insurance providers, espically employers, should be required to provide acess to birth control? And, if not, why not?

    You also let him off the hook on whether he supports restrictions on assault weapons by saying that that there are so many different definitions.  Well, that’s obviously sophistic.  An assault waepon is a semi-automatic weapon that fires and automatically reloads the firing chamber without the need to recock the hammer.  But even if his answer was accurate, why wasn’t he asked for HIS definition of an assault weapon and whether he would restrict their sale.

    GO GOVERNMENT RADIO!!!!!!  One more nothing interview.  Don’t forget to demand that we send you money because, well, where else could we get this kind of softball talk?  Well, Fox News, the major networks, boston’s daily newspapers … .

    • Menpaen

       Good lord you are ignorant.

      “An assault waepon [sic] is a semi-automatic weapon that fires and
      automatically reloads the firing chamber without the need to recock the
      hammer. ”

      No, that’s called a semi-automatic weapon – its firing rate is equal to the user’s ability to pull and release the trigger in succession. Basically every handgun in America is an assault weapon.

      I also like how you cloak your positions in euphemism. Just spit it out and say you want to know whether Winslow thinks abortion should remain hitched to Roe v. Wade’s 1973 understanding of medicine or returned to the states, as would happen with any repeal of Roe. If you think abortion would be banned with a repeal of Roe, I again point to your ignorance.

      I imagine based on your verbiage you do not support any choice other than abortion. You probably admire Bloomberg’s soda bans, think school vouchers are a threat to public education, want to eradicate smoking from every person’s field of vision, and a whole bunch of other restrictions on individual liberty – you also likely support raising taxes on women (an inclusive segment of raising taxes on everyone) limiting all their other economic choices.

      • Grothberger


        You mighjt think that the “good lord” is ignorant.  But you cetainly are.  I described an assault weapon as as a subset of semi-automatic weapons and then defined what a semi-automatic weapon is.  you have written an unintellegable screed in response but you have not refuted that definition.  So, either winslow is for or against those sort of weapons.  If he wants to create a narrower class of weapon, “assault weapons”, he should define what it means.  In the meantime most sane people understand  that an assault weapon is a semi-automatic weapon and can decide whether they want them to be accessible to people.

        As for your stuff about abortion: huh?  I support a women’s right to choice.  What that means could not possibly be more clear.   And, yes, a real interviewer would have asked him about that and what, if any,  restrictions he would place on a women’s right to choose.   And, yes, abortion can, and would be, banned in many states if Roe is overturned.  I oppose that.   (speaking of ignorance, it’s “overturned” not “repealed” but, hey).  By the way, do you think that segregation should be a state by state choice?  What about the right to freedom of religion?

         I have no idea how you jump from a woman’s right to choose to drinking soda  (and, please, don’t bother to explain it to me).  But, yes, I think that a government can prohibit disease causing second hand smoke from being blown into my face.  Just as it can prohibit cars that spew excessive poisonous gases.  How do you feel about the “individual right” to urinate in public?  

        And as for your other stuff, yes, I certainly suupport raising your taxes.     

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