But does he have a barncoat and pick-up truck?

Setti Warren wants to go to Washington
Newton mayor enters race to challenge Scott Brown in 2012

By Walter Brooks

Today, Newton Mayor Setti Warren officially announced that he would be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Massachusetts Junior US Senator Scott Brown. Warren is an Iraq War veteran, and served a yearlong tour of duty there as a Naval Intelligence Specialist, before being elected mayor a year and a half ago.

Mr. Warren wants to go to Washington

He won the mayor's post in Newton by 463 votes in November 2009, and pols in his hometown have been ambivalence about his run against Brown after having served less than two years as mayor.

Mr. Warren worked in the Clinton White House, and was the New England Regional Director of FEMA. He also previously served as John Kerry's point person for small business in Massachusetts.

The early line-up

Setti Warren is African American, and joins former U.S. Senate candidate Alan Khazei, the son of an Iranian, seeking the Democratic nominate so far. Many Democratic leaders had hoped to persuade Governor Deval Patrick to run against Mr. Brown who is considered a formidable opponent since he has shifted to te center after his push to victory in January 2010 by the Tea Party enthusiasts. Patrick has demurred, by not with a 'Shermanesque' statement, yet.

 Better known Democrats like Congressmen Mike Capuano (who lost in the primary to Martha Coakley last time) and Stephen Lynch have been mentioned often as possible;e senate candidates, but they seem to be waiting for either blunder by Scott Brown or a negative change in the redistricting statewide before taking the plunge.

Although there is a year and a half for a Democrat to build support, and Brown has stumbled badly of late while alienating his Tea Party base, but this long-time political junkie wouldn't bet a wooden nickel against him if the election were this week.

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