James Taylor, Easy Listening Staple ... U.S. Senator?

James Taylor has seen fire and rain, but he likely hasn't seen how intense a senatorial campaign can be.

Could that change in the coming months?

A public radio official is trying to coax the easy listening singer to run for office - specifically the seat held for now by Sen. John Kerry.

Alan Chartock is president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, an Albany, N.Y.-based station that covers parts of Western Massachusetts. Chartock on Monday penned a blog post urging Taylor to run. Chartock argued that Taylor would have a better chance of beating likely Republican candidate Scott Brown than would Democrat Ed Markey, the dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

“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,” Chartock wrote, referring to the Boston-born Revolutionary War hero.

Taylor has yet to comment about the possibility.



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