September 10th, 2009
10:38 AM ET
13 years ago

Former Bush chief of staff likely to run for Kennedy seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Andrew Card, the former chief of staff to President Bush, said Wednesday he'll likely run for the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat."](CNN) - Andrew Card, the former chief of staff to President Bush, said Wednesday he'll likely run for the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat that was held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for more than four decades.

Card, a Massachusetts native who served four terms as a state representative in the late 1970s and early 1980s, told reporters the chances of him running for the seat are "much better than 50 percent," according to the Boston Globe.

The comments came at a Republican state committee meeting Wednesday evening, during which Card said he had "a phenomenal desire" to run, but expressed concern his wife - a Methodist minister in Virginia - might have to leave her job as a result.

"I am not going to ask my wife to leave her church," he said.

Republican State Sen. Scott Brown has also expressed interest in running for the seat, but said Thursday he would back off should Card decide to launch his own bid. At Thursday's GOP committee hearing, Brown also actively encouraged his colleagues to support the former Bush insider.

"If you want to talk about a person that can bring back the bacon to Massachusetts, it's this guy right here," he said of Card, according to the Globe. "I am going to encourage all of you to support Andy and encourage him to run."

Card, a well-known figure in Massachusetts and a veteran Washington hand who has served three GOP presidents, was well-regarded by Republicans and Democrats alike when he served as Bush's chief of staff, a post he left in 2006.

But he is perhaps most well known as the man who informed Bush the country was under attack on September 11, 2001, when the former president was reading to school children in Florida. Card said he would make a formal decision about the race after observing the upcoming eight-year anniversary of that day.

At the committee meeting Wednesday, Card downplayed the notion his background as a Bush insider might make it especially difficult to run in one of the most Democratic-leaning states, saying, "I’m Andy Card. I’m not George W. Bush.’’

“I didn’t agree with every decision he made,’’ he also said. “I respected how he made his decisions."

On the Democratic side, state attorney general Martha Coakley has already announced she is running for the seat. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano have also taken formal steps to enter the race.

Filed under: Ted Kennedy
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Americans for REAL Change


    September 10, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. KR

    All we need is another republican to further upset any apple carts with his Bush's ideas.

    September 10, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Chip

    Too bad his wife isn't protected under the first amendment. How upside down has our country become?

    September 10, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Agia Sophia

    Isn't Card the ghoul who, together with Gonzo, perched on Asscroft's hospital bed trying to get him to further pervert the office of Attorney General? Who's next to run for the Senate? Gonzo himself? John Yoo?

    September 10, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Alex Juarez

    CNN loves to hate President Bush. Good Bye.

    September 10, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. yuri

    Ah yeah! The race is already is gettin' spicier and more tasty. Again, our hope is for a candid candidate to capture and corner the constituency of the locals.

    September 10, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Angie in Pa

    Keep dreaming MA Will never replace Sen Kennedys Seat with a Republican and a Bush Republican at that LAUGHABLE!!!

    September 10, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Reagan was wrong

    This is the guy who condemned Obama for not wearing a coat in the oval office, and then the next day pictures of a coatless Bush in the office started popping up anywhere.

    He's a tool for the same people that drove us to the edge of the cliff the past 8 years

    September 10, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. willardbullock

    i am agreed with wilson that obama are keep liar talk with people in the untied states iam not trush of presdient obama i ask someone why uk caught musilms of haljack plot so i am not belive trust of musilims that musilims are very stranger musilims

    September 10, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Independent_me

    Heh-heh! Good luck!
    Ted Kennedy actually CARED for the ordinary man – and Massachusetts understood that.


    Heh-heh! Good luck!

    September 10, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. What the devil

    Is this a dun deal already, keep your pants on.

    September 10, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Wake Up

    Great guy! Honest, grounded guy. Would be a great senator.

    September 10, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Nick

    A Bush guy running for Senate in Mass. - to fill Ted Kennedy's seat, nonetheless; What is he thinking?!

    September 10, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Lilarose

    Geez, who wants anything dredged up from the Bush Administration?

    I think people in Massachusetts are smarter than this.

    September 10, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Gary's mind

    Andrew Card is a good guy. I hope that he wins.

    September 10, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Great family values there, living apart. But I understand. It's just that when you run on family values, that was President Bush's calling card in 2000, then I think you should try to stay together. So, why not move to Virginia with your wife and run for elected office there?
    Oh, and good luck running away from the record President Bush left with us.
    Unfinished wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; an exploding deficit (after inheriting a surplus no less); increase in abortions (that doesn't seem to fit the mold does it?), dropping home prices, rising unemployment, poor economy where EVERYONE's 401k has been battered.
    But, good luck just the same.

    September 10, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Franky

    This one should be interesting but yeah, hopefully he does the right choice among his family, especially his wife. She might have to leave the church so hopefully he knows what he's doing. He's pretty cool and I do think he may have a chance, after all, he was alright during the Bush Admnistration. Don't really got nothing against him.

    Should be good and interesting.

    September 10, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. sharon

    no way......................................

    September 10, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. mitt romney 2012

    I was gonna say romney card 2012 but you can't have 2 massachusetts people on the same ticket

    September 10, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Jayden,FL

    HAHA are you serious?

    September 10, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. geecee

    Anyone who would work for George Bush is tarnished. I don't care if this guy wasn't as hateful and corrupt as Rove, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Libby, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Addington, Yoo, Fleischman, McClellan, Gonsalez, Feith, or any of the other sycophants that worked for Bush. This guy doesn't have a chance in Massachusetts especially. Although, they did vote for (choke) Romney for Governor. Anyhow, Great job last night, Mr. President. We are all routing for you and know you want the best for our Country and all Americans. God Bless You.

    September 10, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Paul from Phoenix

    Why hasn't the story about ACORN offices being raided hit CNN yet?

    September 10, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Larry

    The chances of him running might be better than 50 percent ...

    But the chances of him actually becoming a senator representing the state of Massachusetts are about ONE PERCENT ...

    Massachusetts voters are much smarter than that

    Bye Bye Andrew Card ...

    Bye Bye

    September 10, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. GI Joe

    If he was in Bush's court, even his bible-thumping wife can't get the stink off of him.

    No Way

    September 10, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Doug, New Jersey


    Face it, Democrats like the ones in the P.R.O.M think that Conservative Americans are more evil and want them harmed/kiled more than Al Queda suicide bombers.

    You have a better chance of getting elected in Iran being Jewish than being a non-socialist in Taxachusetts.

    Face it, if Palin went to Taxachusetts, and some lib killed her and her family, they would hold a parade for the killer, like Gerry Studs for his immoral activities, the next day.

    CNN wont post this, they don't like it when you tell the truth about their evil, dishonest, immoral kind. If you ever want to know why so many libs are atheists, well just read the ticker and watch how they act in the blue areas. You can't believe that one day you will have to answer to a higher power and be a liberal Democrat.

    September 10, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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