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.
“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 Congress, 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."
Tisei recently ran for Congress in the Massachusetts 6th District race against Democratic incumbant Congressman John Tierney. but Tisei gathered massive support in the Merrimack Valley section of the district. North Andover delivered more votes to Tisei than Tierney, more than 8,200 votes to Tierney's 5,670.
Two Democrats have already announced their run for the Senate seat: who represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes Waltham, along with who represents the 8th Congressional District.
The primary election is set for April 30, and the general election will be held on June 25.