Sen. Scott Brown is Democrats top target for defeat in 2012, but polling shows hes popular in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.
Alan Khazei has become the first high-profile Democrat to enter the race to challenge GOP Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
ďToday Iím announcing that I am an official candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts in 2012,Ē he wrote in a message posted on his website, which details a campaign kickoff event at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Boston and includes an announcement video.
Khazei, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the co-founder of the nonprofit volunteer organization City Year. He ran in the 2009 Democratic primary in the special election to replace one of his mentors, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D). And while he earned the endorsement of the Boston Globe, Khazei finished third.
ďEverything Iíve done in my life, from starting City Year to saving AmeriCorps and helping pass bipartisan national service legislation that gave purpose focus and a paycheck to hundreds of thousands of people ó every time people said, ĎOh that sounds great, but it canít be done.í Yet we did it. Because Iíve always led with an understanding that itís not about me, itís about you, and itís about us,Ē he said in his announcement video.
Khazei likely will not be the only high-profile Democrat to enter the race against Brown, who is among the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committeeís top targets in the nation. But despite an electorate that skews heavily Democratic, Republicans consistently cite Brownís poll numbers that suggest he may be the most popular politician in the state. And heís sitting on a war chest of more than $8 million.
Republicans were quick to quietly highlight Khazeiís liabilities Tuesday morning.
They noted that his fundraising committee showed more than $190,000 in debt from his 2009 run as of March 31, $115,000 of which was money he personally loaned his campaign. Khazei may also struggle to raise money given his plan to avoid donations from political action committees and lobbyists.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.