I am sure the Legislature was happy to hear this now. After months of hoping one incumbent would retire, John Olver (D-Amherst) finally was pushed out. Now, a second Democrat, Barney Frank, will follow suit.
Looks like he will announce this later today.
This is a tough seat for a GOP pick-up but it was definitely weakened in redistricting, which may have caused Frank’s retirement. Frank visibly aged through the tough 2010 contest with Sean Bielat, and likely was not looking forward to another contested race.
Who will run for this? Any chance Sen. Richard Ross will give it a go? Other Republicans in the district include: State Reps Liz Poirier (R-North Attleborough), Shaunna O’Connell, (R-Taunton), Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield), Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), Steve Howitt (R-Seekonk), George Ross (R-Attleboro), 2010 GOP Candidates Brian Herr (R-Hopkinton), Sean Bielat (R-Brookline).
Congressman Bill Keating (D-Sharon?)
Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton)
Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton)
Ruth Balser (D-Newton)
Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Frank Smizik (D-Brookline)
Denise Garlick (D-Needham)
Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley)
John Fernandes (D-Milford)
James Vallee (D-Franklin)
Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)
Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
David Sullivan (D-Fall River)