BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan says he will run in the special election for U.S. Senate as long as he receives the required number of certified signatures.
"I'm running, provided I get those 10,000 signatures by a week from tomorrow evening at 5 p.m.," Sullivan told FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
Sullivan says he has received tremendous support and is encouraged by what he calls his "grassroots" campaign. He says part of what makes his campaign different is that he is not paying people gather signatures.
"It would've been easy for me to say why don't I just raise some money and pay some people to get me on the ballot and worry about a field organization," Sullivan explained. "I don't mind taking on challenges."
The former U.S. attorney for Mass. expressed concern about the calendar and the weather's impact on candidate attempts at getting signatures. Sullivan praised the volunteers who have stood outside during the bitterly cold weather to gather signatures for his campaign.
Sullivan announced last Thursday that he began collecting signatures to qualify for the ballot. Other Republicans who have announced their candidacy include state Rep. Dan Winslow and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Stephen Lynch and Rep. Ed Markey are also running.