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. sifto77

    I hope people will finally wake up to the damage Kennedy did to the country–vote republican in this senate race!

    September 10, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. people

    Everything we are cleaning up now is from the Bush/Card administration. enough is ENOUGH!

    September 10, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. The Voice

    Anybody who has worked for the worst administration in American history shouldn't be touched with a 10 foot pole!

    September 10, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Farrell in Houston

    Put a "F" on Card for failure.

    September 10, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Scott

    Wrong party and wrong man. Put a Dem in there and keep change coming. The Republicants seem intent on forcing us back to the good old days of the Eisenhower Administration..

    September 10, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Juan

    Talk about the Republican Party being out of touch...Card and Brown need to associate with others outside of this party to understand that being elected to a national level puts all Americans in harms way.

    Long sentence to say, "No" Republican will carry forward the legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy...the Senator for the people, by the people.

    September 10, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Democratic VICTIM

    Good! Only the Republicans can stop this country from the downward spiral Obama has it going in.

    September 10, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. fellow from chicago

    Man has a good record already having served the people of Massachusetts in the past, but I'm afraid the Catholics there might mistake his Methodist wife for a witch and attempt to burn her at the stakes. Probably be best he not run.

    September 10, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. ron

    Ken H focus buddy stick to the script. but let me respond. I guess dumya is your hero. The administration that lied about the war in iraq, tortured and abused detainees, and forgot to add the cost of medicare part d and the illegals wars to the wars are the ones that are fiscally responsible. Please get your head out of your backside.

    September 10, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Idiot_Pelosi

    Oh, Bush was the worst President. Hello, Do you remember Jimmy Carter. Do you know OBUMMER?

    All you have to do is look at the DEFICIT.

    Anybody who doesn't have any Kennedy connection.

    September 10, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. They call me "Tater Salad"

    HA! Good luck with that you fool!

    September 10, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Lisa, Saugus MA

    If people remember Ted Kennedy worked on many things with George W Bush.

    As Mr. Card mentioned "He is not George Bush"! If you worked for Lehmann Brothers, would you want to be associated with the corrupt CEO. Same with Bush. You can't blame Andy Card (who left the position by the way) for the failings of Bush.

    Each person should be judged on their OWN merits.

    I wish Mr. Card well, he would have some giant shoes to fill.

    Lisa, Saugus MA

    September 10, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    It's funny, though. When G.W. stood in the same chamber as President Obama last night and said that Saddam Hussein was looking for yellowcake uranium from Niger, everybody watching knew HE was lying through the butter on his Texas teeth, but we were dignified enough not to yell out anything in disrespect.

    What Congressfool Joe Wilson and the Southern Hillbilly Christian Coalition apparently has forgotten (all Republicans have selective memory nowadays), is that Bush authorized a $12 Billion per month war that increased costs and threatened economic recovery. But they'll find a way to justify that, they won't let THEIR kids go to Iraq, but it's ok for OTHER kids to go fight and die.

    September 10, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Good luck to him Finally maybe a Republican in Mass.

    September 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Wake Up

    At least he didn't kill a women in a car and get away with it. The whole kennedy clan is a fraud. From make millions from bootlegging, to corrup polticians. Wake up America, and get over the supposed prestige of this garbage. Go Card!

    September 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Jim

    Oh Oh. Here comes trouble. A bush man.

    September 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Denocratic VICTIM

    Good! The republicans are the only ones that can stop this downward spiral that Obama and the dems have created for this country. Big Government is the wrong answer.

    September 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Bill Sampson

    We wait with baited breath, Andy.

    By the way, were you part of the WMD-Iraq lie that got us into a very expensive, counter-productive, and deadly war? I think you were. What does your "minister" wife think about that?

    September 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. munchmom

    Sounds like a pretty good idea to me! We must have one decent, level-headed senator from that state–after all there is still John Kerry.

    September 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. leo sapik

    most of you are right he wont win because acorn and union thugs will see to that if old man joe kennedy was alive he wouldhave bought votes like he did for john as for the worst president ever you have that wrong you forgot jim carter

    September 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Carole

    LOL....hilarious. Yeah, we need Bush people again. MORE Bush people!!!

    I can't see the good people of Massachusetts letting the likes of this thug taking such a prestigous seat that was once filled by the LION.

    September 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. B

    Thats all we need, another Bush HOOD trying to perpetuate GOP misbehavior.

    This person should be in jail with Bush.

    September 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Operation Crush Rush

    Andy Card?Thats almost as funny as hearing Rush Limbaugh hit the floor of the radio news room when he blows a valve today,spinning his lies.hahaha

    September 10, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. kj

    Great. That's all we need is to carry forward the legacy of failure of the Bush administration. Card has so many conflicts of interest that I could never list them all here. Just research this guy and his connections and make your own decision.

    September 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Jake

    good luck with that!
    i would start by distancing yourself from the title "former bush chief of staff"

    September 10, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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