Former Challenger to Barney Frank to Run in 2012

Sean Bielat, a Republican who ran an aggressive race against Representative Barney Frank in 2010, said Tuesday that he would again seek the seat in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.

Mr. Bielat, a 36-year-old businessman and former Marine, raised his political profile when he ran against Mr. Frank. Mr. Bielat lost by 11 percentage points, but still posted the closest finish of any rival to Mr. Frank in decades.

“In 2010, I think we made a lot of progress, we started a movement of sorts and in 2012 we can continue that, and bring it to fruition – that is, actually win in November,” Mr. Bielat told The Times shortly before his announcement on Tuesday.

In November 2011, Mr. Frank announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term, citing in part the recently redrawn lines of his district, which lost the Democratic stronghold of New Bedford while gaining a group of more conservative towns in Massachusetts’ Blackstone Valley.

“The redrawn district is obviously more attractive than it was,” said Mr. Bielat, at the time.

Mr. Bielat said he expects his campaign to be similar to his 2010 run because many of his key concerns haven’t changed. “We haven’t seen progress on the economy,” Mr. Bielat said. “People just aren’t happy with the leadership we’ve seen here in Washington.”

In a fund-raising letter sent on Jan. 12, Mr. Bielat pitted himself against Joseph Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy who last week announced his intention to explore a run for Congress.

“The Massachusetts Democrats are desperate to reclaim Barney Frank’s district and re-brand it as yet another ‘Kennedy Seat,’” read the letter, referencing the Senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy before Republican Scott Brown won it, in a surprise upset, in 2010. “We can’t let this happen! Putting someone into office simply because of his family is bad for Massachusetts, and it’s bad for the nation.”

Elizabeth Childs, a school-committee member from Brookline, Mass., has also entered the race on the Republican side.

Former Challenger to Barney Frank to Run in 2012


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