An Abington man vying for a seat in the U.S Senate delivered more than 23,000 signatures Wednesday in hopes of getting his name on the Republican primary ballot.
Former Plymouth County District Attorney and former United States Attorney Mike Sullivan was able to gather signatures 12-days before Wednesday’s deadline–in large part, Sullivan says, because of an all-volunteer effort.
While dropping signatures off to the Town Clerk inside Abington Town Hall, Sullivan was asked if being a Republican in Massachusetts will hurt his run for U.S Senate. “I’m going to run as a Republican, I’m going to talk about the things that I think are important and I think resonate with the people of Massachusetts,” said Sullivan
Sullivan is pro-life and against gay marriage.
He says he wants to join the race because Washington is broken, “I’m fiscally conservative. I think there’s alot of work to do on the budget side in terms of the efforts that would have to go into balancing a budget. I believe where there’s a will, there’s a way. I think there’s tremendous common ground if people would apply some common sense. I think there’s too much division in Washington, D.C. I think there’s too much blame in Washington, D.C. and I think the public suffers as a result of it.”
To officially become a U.S Senate candidate, 10,000 of Sullivan’s signatures need to be certified. Sullivan will likely be challenged in the Republican primary by former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez and State Representative Dan Winslow.
Mike Sullivan (center) handing Abington’s Town Clerk his petition signatures
Mike Sullivan speaking with a crowd of reporters inside Abington Town Hall