Norfolk now has two candidates running for US Senate. After losing two races for Congress, Norfolk's Sean Bleilat has opened up a federal campaign office to raise money to run for the US Senate, according to a report in the Boston Globe.
Bielat lost to Barney Frank by 10 points in 2010 and then lost to Joe Kennedy III in November by 25 points. A major in the Marine Corps Reserves, Bielat works as an independent consultant.
State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) and former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez have already decided they will be running for the Republican nomination in the April 30 primary, while Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) are battling it out in the Democratic race.
A Cohasset resident, Gomez is a private equity investor and is running as a Washington outsider.
“I’m not a politician,” said Gomez in a statement in the Boston Herald. “I’m not saying governance or being senator is easy, nor am I saying I don’t have some things to learn. I am saying I am up to the task.”
Former US Attorney and Plymouth District Attorney Michael Sullivan and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr are also considering running, according to the Boston Globe. A Facebook page has been set up urging Sullivan to run.