In an announcement that had been expected Republican Jim Ogonowski announced he will run against Senator John Kerry. Ogonowski, who outperformed expectations in his Fifth Congressional run against Niki Tsongas, will run on issues he highlighted in that race, including crackdowns on illegal immigration, national security issues, and a reduction in reliance on foreign oil. Ogonowski faces a steep financial hurdle, with Kerry sitting on a ten million dollar warchest, while he has about $100,000. A kerry spokeman responded in the Globe:
In a statement, Kerry spokesman David Wade said that “Senator Kerry is running for reelection so he can continue fighting to change Washington. John Kerry brings to public service a lifetime of fighting the tough fights for change and standing up with courage and conviction, and he’ll keep doing that in the United States Senate.”
Should be an interesting race, but if Ogonowski thinks he can be competitive in a United States Senate race on a financial shoestring he will learn a hard lesson.