Chapel Hill's James Taylor, who sang America the Beautiful, at Monday's inaugural, has been getting some urging to run for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.
A public radio broadcaster is encouraging Taylor to enter the race for John Kerry's seat. Kerry is on track to be President Obama's new secretary of state.
“JT, who famously followed that road “from Stockbridge to Boston,' is as much of a hero to the people of the Bay State as General Henry Knox was,” wrote Alan Chartock, president of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.
He argues that Taylor would have a better chance of defeating likely Republican candidate Scott Brown as Democrat Ed Markey, the dean of the Massachusetts delegation. He is not the first celebrity name to be floated for the seat. Actor Ben Affleck's named had also been mention.
There is no indication that Taylor, who campaigned extensively for Obama, and who played at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September, is actually interested, in running for the Senate.