LOWELL -- The "little-known selectman from Hopkinton" is looking to become a well-known Republican senator in Washington this November.
Pitching his campaign to The Sun's editorial board Tuesday morning, Brian Herr admitted that running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Ed Markey is a tall order but scoring a huge upset victory is not insurmountable.
"I think the climate's changing this year in Massachusetts. It changed in 2010 to some extent, but this year I think it's definitely changing," said Herr, 51, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010. "As a self-professed moderate Republican, I think we can attract a lot of different types of voters who are otherwise frustrated and concerned about what's going on in D.C.
"It's definitely something that can be done, no question about it," he added.
When Gabriel Gomez lost his U.S. Senate bid to Ed Markey last year, he criticized Markey for being in D.C. for too long and being "out of touch" with Massachusetts residents. During Tuesday's visit to The Sun, Markey's new Republican challenger also slammed him for being a Washington insider.
"This is all about understanding Massachusetts, paying taxes and driving its roads. Mr. Markey has lived down in D.C. for 40 years," said Herr, who holds a master's in government from Harvard Extension School.
"Mr. Markey is inclined to believe that D.C. is a cure-all for everything, and I don't believe that's necessarily the case," he added.
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