Duxbury businessman Jack E. Robinson III is running for this U.S. Senate seat for the second time. In 2000 he garnered close to 13 percent of the vote running against Edward M. Kennedy. Robinson grew up in Roxbury as the sixth generation of a prominent Republican family. He was graduated from Brown University and earned his law and business degrees from Harvard.
- This race is his fourth attempt at public office in Massachusetts. Besides the initial U.S. Senate run, he ran for secretary of state in 2002 and for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 9, in 2006.
- Robinson is campaigning as a Washington and Beacon Hill outsider with private sector expertise.
- Robinson wrote a book, “Freefall: The Needless Destruction of Eastern Airlines,” published by HarperCollins in 1992, about his experience as an executive at the airline.
- Massachusetts GOP leaders dropped their support for Robinson in 2000 when he released a personal report revealing and explaining a drunk driving charge and restraining order filed against him, issues that had been previously resolved.
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This program aired on November 1, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.