A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is leaving office. Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield confirms he will resign Friday to take a new post in the administration at Westfield State University. Knapik is in his 10th term. His departure will leave only 3 Republicans in the 40 member senate. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Knapik this morning.
The Massachusetts Republican Party remains optimistic about the upcoming special election to fill the senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry. But it appears the minority party in the Bay State is facing long odds.
Republicans are facing a number of challenges in their quest to pick off a Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. The immediate challenge for the party is getting a candidate willing to commit to the race, according to Tim Vercellotti, a political science professor at Western New England University.