Former Mass. Senate Republican Leader Richard Tisei of Wakefield 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.
“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 released Friday.
Tisei, who previously ran for Lieutenant Governor and just lost a very close race to Congressman John Tierney three months ago, 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."
Two Democrats have already announced their run for the seat: U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden), who represents the 6th Congressional District, along with U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston), who represents the 8th Congressional District.
Tisei or any other party candidates who decide to enter the race have until Feb. 27 to submit their nomination papers with election officials.
The primary election is set for April 30 and the general special election will be held on June 25.