Former Mass. Senate Republican Leader Richard Tisei says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry after the long-time senator was appointed Secretary of State earlier this week.
Tisei waged an unsuccessful challenge against Congressman John Tierney (D) in 2012.
“In the coming days, I will be talking with family, friends, and supporters to consider the best role that I can play in helping to bring new, alternative leadership to Washington,” Tisei said in a statement on Friday.
Tisei said he was shocked to see Scott Brown announce he would not be running for the seat.
"The news that Scott won't be running again came as a surprise to me, as to many others," Tisei said in the statement. "I've known him for many years and served with him in the state senate. I have great respect for his independence and bi-partisan record in the Senate. His decision not to be a candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate is a great loss for the Commonwealth."
As noted in this interview that he did with Lynnfield Patch back in 2011 as he was launching his congressional bid, Tisei is a 1981 graduate of Lynnfield High School who also attended the Center School and the Summer Street School as a youngster. He was 22 when he won his first political campaign and became a state representative. Tisei served three terms in that capacity and then went on to ten terms as a state senator - the final four years of which he was Republican leader.
Tisei was also the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the 2010 campaign. In Lynnfield, Tisei has worked at Northrup Associates Realtors since 1994 - and he bought the business in 2000. He is currently a Wakefield resident.
Two Democrats have already announced their run for the seat: U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden), who represents the Fifth Congressional District, along with U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston), who represents the Eighth Congressional District.
The primary election is set for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25.
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