Former Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan is weighing whether to jump into a race for the U.S. Senate, the Boston Globe reports.
Sullivan has started a Facebook page to reach out to activists he’ll need to gather the required 10,000 signatures by Feb. 27 to qualify for an April 30 nominating ballot.
Sullivan, a Republican, served as the state’s top federal law enforcement officer during the George W. Bush administration, putting in double duty as the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
He is now a partner in the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who also heads The Ashcroft Group, a consulting firm.
The Senate seat was vacated by Democrat John Kerry, who resigned to become President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.
Republican Scott Brown, who lost his Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last November, declined to run, leaving the GOP field open.
The minority leader of the state Senate, Bruce E. Tarr, is also considering making a bid for the seat, the Globe reports.
Other Republican hopefuls include Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and private equity manager, and Rep. Daniel Winslow, a former judge and aide to Mitt Romney.
Two members of Congress – Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey — are seeking the Democratic party nomination for the seat.