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Merrimack Valley

February 16, 2013

'I have a job to do'

Tarr says state duty outweighed draw to D.C.


“We actually had a press release ready to go on Monday night,” Tarr said.

Though Tarr declined to say whether that press release would have signified the beginning of his run for U.S. Senate or the end of his consideration, he said a chief of staff sensed Tarr felt uneasy about the decision embedded in that release, and suggested Tarr take his time making the decision if that meant putting more thought into it.

“It was like a weight off my shoulders. That was a pivotal moment,” Tarr said.

Tuesday, Tarr was again left with little time for hand wringing over a run, as he spent the day in supplemental budget discussions.

Then, on Thursday, two members of the State House press corps cornered Tarr again, asking about a decision.

Thursday night, Tarr’s campaign manager hit send just before 6 p.m., distributing the email with Tarr’s final decision against the run to media across the state.

Tarr said he was also swayed by straight advice from friends and colleagues who suggested he run for a state office next, rather than a U.S. Senate or Congressional position. Tarr said while he is far more learned in state legislation, he could catch on quickly to the national agenda and would consider runs at higher office in the future.

”The fact that we have received so much support from around the state has opened my eyes,” Tarr said. “I wouldn’t rule out any option.”

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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