Massachusetts Republicans urging Mitt's wife to make a bid for higher office Republicans in Massachusetts are said to be encouraging Ann Romney to run for U.S. Senate. After her husband's failed presidential bid, GOP insiders say the wife of the former Massachusetts governor has the cachet needed to build momentum among the state's conservatives. Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate to run for the vacant senate seat left by Democrat John Kerry, who left the Senate after 29 years to become U.S. Secretary of State on Friday. Many suspected Scott Brown, the Republican who previously represented the state in the upper chamber of Congress, would be in the running for Kerry's seat. Brown won the 2010 special election for longtime Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat following his death, but lost a re-election battle last year to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But Brown said that he didn't think another run was a good idea and concluded that he wouldn't be a candidate in the upcoming special election. After Brown dealt a crushing blow to the state's party, Republican insider Ron Kaufman, an aide for the Romney 2012 campaign, told the Boston Herald that Ann Romney could be just the candidate that everyone was waiting for. 'I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney,' Mr Kaufman, who served as the White House political director and adviser to President George H.W. Bush, told the Herald. Ann Romney was seen as a credit to her husband, who was often perceived as cold and robotic during the campaign. The 63-year-old mother of five boys, who met Mitt in high school, suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a breast cancer survivor.
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