Barney Frank

Bielat Says Decision ‘Next Week’ on GOP Race for Barney Frank’s Seat

By on 12.1.11 | 10:32PM

Sean Bielat, the Marine veteran whose 2010 GOP challenge to Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank became a national conservative cause, says he will make a decision "next week" on whether to run again next year for the Fourth District seat being vacated by Frank's recently announced retirement.

"I want to make a decision next week," Bielat said Thursday, explaining that he doesn't want to "be in limbo" about his plans. "I mean, if I'm going to get in, I want to raise money this quarter. And if I'm going to raise money in December, when the holidays are coming up, I've got to do it right at the beginning. So that means making my decision right away."

Frank announced his retirement Monday, citing changes to the re-drawn Fourth District as the primary factor in his decision not to seek a 17th term next year. Although there has been a slight increase in the number of GOP voters in the district, many observers suggested Frank feared a re-match with Bielat, who raised $2.4 million for his 2010 campaign.