State Sen. Michael Doherty said he’d likely back Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean’s House bid absent any major changes in the race’s landscape.
“I think Tom would be a good candidate. Let’s see who else is in the race. I have no intention of running. I don’t even live in the district, but at this point, I could see supporting Tom, sure,” Doherty said. “Absent someone like Pat Buchanan or Ann Coulter moved into the district and ran, then maybe I’d consider them, but it’s not going to happen.”
Both Buchanan and Coulter are conservative commentators. Buchanan was a high-level advisor in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, for whom Buchanan served as communications director.
Currently, Kean is facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Senate staffer Rosemary Becchi.
Doherty, who is one of the State Senate’s most conservative members, doesn’t expect either of those two to run but stopped just short of endorsing Kean, saying he’d prefer not to make a decision until the entire breadth of the Republican field in the seventh became clear.
“I like Tom. Tom’s a good guy, and I could see supporting him, and it looks like absent some major change, yea, I’m probably going to support Tom, but why do I need to be locked in? What is it, 2019, Sept. 10?” Doherty said. “Why are we even having this conversation? I think it’s a little premature, right? let’s see if the field shapes up.”