Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has “flatly rejected” running for Massachusetts governor or an open U.S. Senate seat, the Boston Herald reported.
She has one word for all the speculative questions: “No.”
“I’m thrilled at doing the job I’ve been doing,” Ortiz told the Herald last week. “I love being the U.S. Attorney.”
As the Bay State’s Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and Sen. John Kerry (D) prepare for their departures, many political watchers have been putting Ortiz, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold the position of U.S. Attorney in the state, among the list of potential candidates for the positions.
Patrick announced he would not seek another term in 2014, and President Barack Obama recently declared Kerry is his choice to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ortiz and her office have won attention for taking on a number of high-profile cases, including the ongoing murder prosecution of notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. Her office also announced in December that it was the largest contributor to the $13.1 billion in criminal and civil fines recovered in 2012 by the nation’s 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices. Ortiz’s office collected $8.8 billion during the fiscal year, accounting for almost 67 percent of the total collection.