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February 2, 2013

GOP scrambles for Senate candidate

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Richard Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader who unsuccessfully battled U.S. Rep. John Tierney for the 6th Essex Congressional seat this past fall, is considering entering the race. Tisei, a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010, said in a statement that Brown’s decision not to run a third time for the U.S. Senate “came as a surprise,” but one that will make him consider whether he should get into the developing race.

Tisei said he will take the “coming day” to talk with his family, friends and supporters to “consider the best role that I can play in helping to bring new, alternative leadership to Washington.”

Former Gov. Jane Swift ruled out any possibility of her running, and said she is moving to Vermont.

“I’m very happy at my job,” said Swift, who is CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages in Vermont, and also lectures at Williams College.

Brown’s exit creates possibilities for lesser-known candidates.

“I think this sort of makes it wide open,” Swift said. “If it was April, close to April 1, I could say I was going to run and do an April Fool’s joke on my husband, but I’m not sure my marriage would survive it.”

Swift said, “I think Bill Weld or Kerry Healey will make very strong candidates. I think Scott would have been the strongest candidate, but I, as someone who’s often struggled with making decisions about balancing work with family, I respect the decision that he made.”

Swift said that Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk, is “a pretty interesting possibility” and questioned the potential of any of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s sons running.

“They would have some name recognition, and a fundraising operation,” Swift said. “I assume that would only happen if Kerry Healey decided not to run.”

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