Now that former Sen. Scott Brown (R-$$$) has dropped out of the running for the upcoming special election for U.S. Senate, the local dailies are putting forth very – wait for it – different lists of potential fill-ins.
The Boston Globe wins the coveted Ya Think? award with this headline on its lead editorial:
Mass. Republicans should move to fill void left by Brown
In the Globe’s news section, the Great Mentioner rounds up the usual suspects:
The GOP is suddenly grasping for alternatives, hoping to press into service known figures such as former governor William F. Weld, former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, or Richard R. Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader.
But then the GM tosses in a couple of unusual suspects:
State Representative Daniel Winslow, a Norfolk Republican, said he will also take the next few days to consider a potential run. Gabriel E. Gomez, a wealthy businessman and a former Navy SEAL and fighter pilot from Cohasset, said he is very likely to get into the race.
Crosstown at the Herald, meanwhile, they’re living in an entirely different universe, as today’s Page One attests (via The Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):
That inset at the lower right refers to Brown’s first announcing his decision in a text message (“U r the first to know I am not running”) to Herald columnist Howie Carr. The rest of the front page? Yikes.
But the Herald goes all in with a two-page spread:
For the feisty local tabloid, what’s the only thing better than Scott Brown running for U.S. Senate?
Scott Brown not running for U.S. Senate.