Another Republican Passes On Running For John Kerry’s Seat

Just days after Scott Brown announced that he would not be running in the Special Election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat, another Republican has made the same choice:

Richard Tisei, one of the Republicans’ best hopes for the now-longshot Massachusetts Senate special election after Scott Brown took a pass, announced Saturday night that he too will sit out the race.

“I believe it’s imperative that the Republican party put forward a strong candidate who can help bring much-needed change to Washington,” former State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the timing is simply not right for me to do so — deeply as I feel about the need to strongly compete in this election. It was also my desire to make this decision as quickly as possible so that other potential candidates would be able to consider whether they should run.”

Tisei, 50, is keeping the door open to a future run for Congress. He’s openly gay, supports abortion rights and narrowly lost a House bid to Democratic congressman John Tierney in November.

“Whether as a candidate or concerned citizen, I will continue to be involved with other men and women of integrity who share my desire for real reforms,” Tisei said.

Other Republicans who might still run for the Senate nomination are former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and former Gov. William Weld (who recently moved back to the state from New York). Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy Seal who works in finance, had expressed interest even before Brown’s announcement.

There’s buzz in some quarters about a member of the Romney family running, but that is unlikely at best.

Without a big statewide name like Weld or Healey, it’s hard to see the GOP having a chance at this seat.


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  1. edmondo says:

    I will continue to be involved with other men and women of integrity who share my desire for real reforms

    Well, I guess that explains why he doesn’t want to sit in the GOP Senate caucus.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    What put the effort into an election when the Republicans have zero chance of winning. This is just another example of what will happen in the near future after the Republican Party completes its collapse. Does anyone really believe that if the Republicans vote to approve Comprehensive Immigration Reform (amnesty) that they will suddenly become more competitive in Mass.?

  3. Just Me says:

    I think this is more about the fact that running for the seat would be a waste of time and especially money.

    Brown learned the hard way that being a good GOP candidate still means losing to an idiot because the idiot has a D by her name.

    And people can argue all they want about the crazy in the GOP, but Brown wasn’t the crazy and was a good GOP candidate for Mass.

  4. Sejanus says:

    @Just Me: I’m know little about Warren, but I’m curious to know how exactly you discerned that she’s an idiot.

  5. wr says:

    @Sejanus: “I’m know little about Warren, but I’m curious to know how exactly you discerned that she’s an idiot. ”

    Because in Republican Bizzaro-land these days, if you are able to become a tenured professor at one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, you must be stupid.

    In fact, anyone who actually knows anything — scientists, mathemeticians, teachers, academics — is stupid to the point of idiocy.

    The real smart people are the ones who have only read two books in their entire lives — Atlas Shrugged and Animal Farm — and believe that the real constitution is the one in their heads, not whatever was written down on paper hundreds of years ago.

    People like Just Me — who by all previous postings is not stupid — have to pretend that all the world’s truly smart people are really idiots. Because otherwise she is following a set of policies that every smart person in the world has declared to be moronic. And she’s far too smart for that.

  6. Andre Kenji says:

    I don´t like the Feminists in general and I thought that Brown´s attacks against Warren were appalling.

  7. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Wonkette say Egg Romney…

    Love the picture of her there… so, is it just me, or does she look like the “deep throat” type?

    You know, the kind that would tell major newspapers political secrets.

  8. Just Me says:

    Well you can stop with her lying about being native american.

    And I live in NH I got to hear a lot from Warren and perhaps idiot is a bit hyperbolic but she didn’t impress me. But why would any GOP candidate spend the time and money when the people of Mass only care about the D?

  9. superdestroyer says:


    Because Warren wrote a book about the economics of being white and middle class (the two income trap) and then went on the campaign trail and basically denied everything she proposed in the book. Warren wrote about people going broke trying to buy good neighborhoods and good schools but no one ever asked her on the campaign trail about what makes a good school or good neighborhood because the MSM knows the answer but did not want to embarrass her.