BOSTON (AP) — When he was a young attorney and serving on his town’s planning board in 1990, Daniel Winslow came home to a shocking find.
“My house was bombed by a bad guy,” said Winslow, now a state representative from Norfolk and one of three Republicans running for John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat. Neither he nor his wife, pregnant with the couple’s first child, was home when someone threw a device through a window, but the incident left them shaken.
The ‘bad guy’ was upset by Winslow’s stance on a zoning issue, he said. Police never had enough evidence to charge the person who Winslow believes did it.
Winslow alluded to the incident last week when he became the first Senate candidate to resume campaigning in the aftermath of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. While the magnitude of the two bombings obviously don’t compare, Winslow did compare his decision not to give up his town post or be intimidated by the attack on his home to a similar need to forge ahead with the business at hand following the attack on Boston.
“We stand together against those who would seek to impose on the majority the twisted perspective of the self-appointed few,” he said.
Winslow, 54, doesn’t doubt the conventional political wisdom that he’s an underdog in next week’s primary against former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. But Winslow is also something of a wild card in the race, a cerebral candidate — socially moderate and fiscally conservative — who has followed an unorthodox career path and hasn’t shied away from pointed criticism of his own party.
“This is the first race for federal office since the November 2012 memo we got from the American people,” Winslow said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, referring to President Barack Obama’s victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.