Brown to appear at O’Connor fundraiser in Senate bid

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BOSTON – Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, in the news lately for backing Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire, will lend his support Tuesday to Weymouth’s Patrick O’Connor in his campaign for the state Senate.

O’Connor, a town councilor in the South Shore city, faces Stephen Gill of Marshfield in an April 12 special election Republican primary, with the winner going up against either Joan Meschino of Hull or Paul Gannon of Hingham, both Democrats, in a May 10 special election to fill the seat long held by Robert Hedlund. Hedlund resigned following his election in November as mayor of Weymouth.

According to O’Connor’s campaign, Brown is holding a $50-a-head 6:30 p.m. reception Tuesday for the candidate at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. O’Connor is a former top aide to Hedlund, who served with Brown in the state Senate before Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in a 2010 special election. He lost a bid for a full six-year term to Elizabegth Warren, then moved to the Granite State where he lost another Senate bid in 2014.

Written by Michael P. Norton