September 14th, 2009
12:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Tierney decides against Massachusetts Senate bid

(CNN) – Another Massachusetts Democrat is bowing out of the race to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

Rep. John Tierney released a statement Monday saying he can "best be of service in the U.S. House of Representatives."

"Since the passing of Senator Kennedy, a great number of people have kindly urged me to run for the United States Senate," Tierney said. "Such an opportunity comes open perhaps only once in one's lifetime. I have given the matter serious consideration, and while thankful for all of the confidence shown, today I am stating that, at this time, I shall not be a candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate."

Tierney's decision not to run leaves three Democrats likely to seek Kennedy's seat: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley officially declared her candidacy last week, while Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano have picked up papers to run for the seat.


Other Democrats who were thought to be considering a bid but have bowed out include Rep. Edward Markey and former Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy II and Marty Meehan.

Over the weekend, Republican State Sen. Scott Brown officially jumped in the race and is considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

The Democratic primary will take place on December 8, followed by a sprint to the general election, which is slated for January 19.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Bluebonnet

    Smart man for bowing out.

    September 14, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Whichever party, be very careful that it isn't someone controlled by Financial and Insurance lobbyists.

    We need to rid the government of all the crooked politicians.

    September 14, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. disgusted

    Vote third party.

    September 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    The Dems need to put up a good candidate to be certain this post stays in Democratic hands, but NEVER a Republican. We only hope that Republicans will either see the light or become extinct! Peace

    September 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. begalalaland

    I don't know why anyone is even thinking about it. The unions and ACORN run Massachusetts politics (that is why the state is on the verge of bankruptcy), they will decide who runs and who wins. How else do you think a murdering drunk stayed in office for over 40 years in that state. Sane, uncorrupt people would not put up with it, but sane, uncorrupt people don't get a say in Massachusetts. The only voices that count are corrupt unions and insane and corrupt ACORN.

    September 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. jay

    Seems to me all the big name democrats are runnning away from this seat as if it were on fire. Its not like they would lose, but why are they all afraid? Voter backlash against the liberals? One can only hope.

    September 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. yuri

    Bummer! We were expecrting a keen and fierce fight, for starters.

    September 14, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. rr

    Vote third party!

    September 14, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Ernie in LA

    MA is so far left it's almost impossible. They will never elect a Republican.

    September 14, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |