Framing himself as a pragmatic political outsider frustrated with a Capitol Hill morass, a Republican attorney from Dover on Wednesday announced he is running for the US Senate seat currently held by Democratic stalwart Edward J. Markey.
Kevin O’Connor, a 58-year-old father of four who has never run for public office before, said in his announcement that “Massachusetts voters deserve a real choice.”
“They deserve a senator who isn’t in this just to ascend the next rung on the political ladder, someone who won’t tolerate the gamesmanship, grandstanding, and self-serving conflict,” he said in a statement. “It’s time for a change.”
The campaign announcement described O’Connor as a “champion for education and our free enterprise system.” If elected, O’Connor, who favors term limits for lawmakers, is pledging to serve no more than two terms in the Senate. O’Connor is also refusing to accept PAC contributions to his campaign, saying such funding has corrupted Washington. …
A campaign biography said O’Connor thinks congressional dysfunction “is fueled by professional politicians who feel entitled to power and will do anything to hold on to it,” in what appeared to be a swipe at candidates like Markey, who served as a congressman for 37 years before he was elected to the Senate in 2013, as well as Kennedy, who is a scion of the state’s most storied political clan.
“We’ve been sending the same people to Washington for generations, and they keep delivering the same results,” O’Connor said in the video. “And they’re not good enough.”