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    Businessman Rick Green decides against US Senate bid

    US Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke Monday during a visit to a Quincy health center. Pepperell businessman Rick Green, a Republican, says he won’t challenge Warren next year.
    Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe
    US Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke Monday during a visit to a Quincy health center. Pepperell businessman Rick Green, a Republican, says he won’t challenge Warren next year.

    Rick Green, a wealthy Pepperell businessman and GOP activist, appears to have decided not run for the US Senate seat now held by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, saying he wants to concentrate on the work of his conservative fiscal watchdog group, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

    Green tweeted Monday, saying: “With a young family and growing business we’ve decided that my focus should remain on the good work we’re doing at MassFiscal.”

    Green, who did not mention the Senate race, was not immediately available to explain further, but MassFiscal’s executive director, Paul Craney, confirmed that Green has decided against the political campaign. Craney said Green believes he can best advance his causes by focusing on the issues that MassFiscal is fighting for.

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    Craney also said Green is hoping the GOP can rally behind one candidate and not have a divisive primary.

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    His decision comes as another wealthy businessman, John Kingston of Winchester, seems to be emerging as a favorite of the Republican Party establishment to join Governor Charlie Baker on the 2018 GOP statewide ticket.

    Kingston, who made his fortune when he was a vice president of the global investment management firm Affiliated Managers Group in Beverly, has been meeting with Republican officials, Baker political aides, and major GOP donors.

    Others Republicans looking at the race include state Representative Geoff Diehl, who was a leader in President Trump’s Massachusetts campaign; and Gabriel Gomez, the Senate nominee in the 2013 special election won by Democrat Edward Markey.

    Frank Phillips can be reached at frank.phillips@globe.com.