Bob Hedlund is a longtime Libertarian Republican: Friend of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts; frequent past speaker at Massachusetts Hemp rallys and marijuana legalization fests; an advisory board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus since the early 1990s, a two-time guest speaker at RLC national conventions; an honorary chairman for Ron Paul for President, and a friend of this website.
And now, just breaking hours ago, word that he may run for the United States Senate as the Republican nominee in the special election to fill John Kerry's seat. The election is scheduled for June.
From the Patriot Ledger, "U.S. Senate win by Lynch would set off musical chairs":
Within hours of U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch announcing his candidacy for the Senate, cogs began to turn in the minds of local politicians: What if Lynch wins the special election in June and his congressional seat opens up?
Among the names being talked about are state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston, state Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy, state Sen. Brian A. Joyce, D-Milton, former Brockton Mayor John Yunits, state Sen. Thomas Kennedy, D-Brockton, and state Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth.
Weymouth’s Republican state senator, Robert Hedlund, hasn’t been thinking about a hypothetical 8th District race, but said both Democrats and Republicans were encouraging him Thursday to consider running for Kerry’s Senate seat if former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown declines to enter the race.
“It’s probably not in the cards,” Hedlund said. “I’m expecting Scott Brown to run.”As noted in the Ledger, if Hedlund doesn't run for the Senate seat, it's quite possible that he will seek the open congressional seat vacated by the Democrat running Steven Lynch.
Photo - Hedlund in 2010 meeting with Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Note - Hedlund is an amatuer guitarist in a garage rock band.