Still, a Conroy candidacy has been met with some incredulity in Bay State political circles, including from fellow House Democrats. He comes from a politically weak part of the state and has yet to make inroads among Democratic powerbrokers. Conroy said his campaign for now is being run by Jon Saxton, chair of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee.
Asked why he thought he could take on Brown, Conroy said, "Do we as the people of Massachusetts want a United States senator in which we are constantly pushing him to do the right things in terms of voting, as opposed to having a United States senator who makes decisions based on principles and not just politics ... and I think we can do a lot better than what we've got."
He said he expected a seven-figure fundraising haul would be needed for the primary and "as much as possible" for the general.
Massachusetts, Conroy said, deserved "somebody who's going to stand by and use sound principles to make good judgments around how to vote and somebody who's going to take a stand every once in a while in accordance with those principles, and somebody who's going to lead instead of being the last one to vote."