The U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts is just getting started. Kevin O'Connor, the son of a journalist and school teacher, is the Republican nominee.

The Democratic primary for U.S. Senate between Congressman Joe Kennedy and Senator Ed Markey burned up most of the oxygen in the race. The two liberals attempted to out-liberal each other as they traded barbs and accusations. That saga is over and Markey won the right to take on the Republican nominee.

Now we have a fresh set of downs and the game is on. Kevin O'Connor is a married father of four sons and he earns his living as an attorney. A graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School, today he lives in Dover. According to his biography, he served on the Executive Committee of the Boston Bar Association Council, co-chaired the BBA’s Business Litigation Committee, and was appointed a founding member of the BBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is a longstanding Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation, and the 2020 Co-Chair of the BBF’s John and Abigail Adams Ball, the largest event for legal aid funding in Massachusetts.

O'Connor is a supporter of law and order – the kind of Republican that wins elections in Massachusetts. His list of supporters includes Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Sheriff James Cummings, Taunton Mayor Shaunna O'Connell, State Rep. Timothy Whelan, and Weymouth Mayor Bob Hedlund. All of those elected officials made their name as defenders of the innocent and the taxpayers on their climb in Massachusetts politics.

During the primary, Governor Charlie Baker and all three past local GOP U.S. Senate candidates from 2018 endorsed O'Connor.

O'Connor has the support of the Massachusetts outdoors community as expressed by the endorsement of GOAL. Like most people, he is a supporter of the environment and conservation, but opposed to the lunacy of the fadish "Green New Deal."

The voters heard a lot from the Kennedy team about why Markey shouldn't be re-elected to the U.S. Senate, and they have the ability to make a change in November.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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