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BRANFORD, Conn. — Ted Kennedy Jr. says he’s considering a run for the state Senate in Connecticut.
The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts released a statement Monday saying he will decide within two weeks whether to seek this year’s Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District seat being vacated by retiring Guilford Democrat Edward Meyer.
The New Haven Register reports that Kennedy said he’s been encouraged by friends and civic leaders to run for the 12th District seat, which represents Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The 52-year-old health care lawyer lives in Branford.
Kennedy thanked the 79-year-old Meyer for his service and said he is taking the political opportunity seriously.
There are no declared candidates yet in the 12th Senate District race.
Warren: Little evidence between poor credit rating, job performance.
BOSTON —U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.
Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.
Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.
Warren told reporters there’s little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.
She called the proposal a matter of basic fairness, arguing that wealthier individuals can suffer a personal setback without it threatening their employment prospects.
Warren’s bill is co-sponsored by fellow Democratic Sens. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
Many consider Brown potential opponent for Shaheen
MANCHESTER, N.H. —He’s not even a candidate and hasn’t said he plans to be, but the fact that Scott Brown appears to have sold his home in Massachusetts in order to take up residency in Rye, N.H., has fanned the flames of speculation about a Senate run.
Many political observers believe the former Massachusetts Republican senator may be planning to run against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. It would likely be a race that would gain national attention.
“From the party perspective, we are happy to welcome Sen. Brown to the state,” said Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the New Hampshire GOP. “He’s one of many prominent Republicans who have come to the state to help us raise the resources we need to win in 2014.”
Horn said that if Brown decides to run for Senate, it would change the complexion of the ticket.
Democrats are calling the whole thing a farce.
“He just can’t make his mind up,” said Kathy Sullivan, former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “But the Republicans here are in such bad shape in trying to find a credible candidate for Senate, they’re acting like Julia Roberts in ‘Notting Hill,’ saying, ‘We’re just a party standing in front of a guy asking him to run for office.’ It’s getting crazy.”
“I think what it says is they know that Jeanne Shaheen is very vulnerable,” Horn said. “They know she has been a wallflower senator. She was the 60th vote for Obamacare.”
Few doubt that a Brown candidacy would bring some energy to the GOP. Brown has said he’s fascinated by the mania and speculation it all has generated.
Shaheen’s camp has used the prospect in fundraising efforts while her party continues to dismiss Brown as little more than a novelty.
“He’s not going to be elected to the Senate,” Sullivan said. “I have a better chance of winning Mega Millions than Scott Brown does of being elected a senator from New Hampshire.”
The current Republican Senate field consists of former Sen. Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Karen Testerman.
Brown is set to headline the Republican holiday party in New Hampshire on Thursday.
The following posts below are updates from each candidate’s Twitter feed.
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