By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON -- Groton Republican Beth Lindstrom, a former executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery and the first woman to serve as executive director of the state GOP, announced on Monday she will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Elizabeth Warren.
Lindstrom, who served as director of consumer affairs and business regulation under Gov. Mitt Romney, joins a Republican field that already includes state Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman and entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai. Winchester businessman John Kingston has also taken steps toward launching a campaign.
In a video announcing her bid, Lindstrom described herself as "an independent-minded Republican who believes we can get things done if people would just get to work instead of trading insults or thinking of next steps on the political ladder."
"Don't get me wrong, there is a time and a place for arguing your point of view, but eventually you have to stop the finger-pointing and solve the problem," she said. "America needs to remain strong and we must preserve the culture of family, patriotism and freedom that is the very foundation of the American dream."
In July, former Romney aide Ryan Williams said any challenger would face an "uphill battle" against the incumbent Democrat Warren, but called Lindstrom a "serious candidate."
Popular among Democrats at the national level in part for her criticism of President Donald Trump, Warren has a formidable war chest, with more than $11 million on hand as of June 30, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Diehl and Ayyadurai, both supporters of Trump, have each already made several campaign stops as they gear up for the 2018 election, including meeting with town and city Republican committees.
Diehl plans events on Tuesday in West Roxbury and next Wendnesday, Aug. 30, in Springfield, an will speak Saturday at a "Veterans Assisting Veterans" rally in Lowell. Ayyadurai spoke Saturday at a "free speech" rally on Boston Common.
Lindstrom served as Scott Brown's campaign manager in his successful bid for U.S. Senate in a 2010 special election. Brown, now the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, was unseated by Warren in 2012.
In her announcement video, Lindstrom describes herself as "not a politician" and voices dissatisfaction with the culture in the nation's capitol.
"Raising a family is a source of great joy, and these days it is also a cause for some anxiety," said Lindstrom, who has three sons. "It's not easy, especially when our political leaders engage in endless bickering and name-calling instead of trying to work to find solutions. Some days I look at what's happening in Washington and I just shake my head. The politicians like to think the problem is all on the other side, but the truth is, there's plenty of blame to go around."
Lindstrom said she plans a more formal announcement sometime in the fall.