“I think it’s an interesting field. I don’t think it’s complete at this point. I think there’s room, certainly, for other folks to get into this race,” Tarr said. “We have two people that have a long history in Washington that are in the race, in terms of the Democrats, and I think that clearly there’s something to be said for sending somebody to Washington that won’t perpetuate the gridlock.”
Asked about the effort to reform the filibuster, which is often cited as the cause of gridlock, Tarr said, “The filibuster’s a tool that’s been in place a long time. It’s been used by both parties, and sometimes in Washington the things that don’t happen are as important as the things that do happen, but given the fact that we live in an extraordinary time of paralysis in Washington … I think filibuster reform is something we need to look at seriously.”
Tarr entered the State House as a state representative in 1990, the same year he graduated from Suffolk Law School. He had about $189,000 in cash in his state fundraising account at the end of last year, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, funds he would not allowed to spend on a race for federal office.