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Sean Bielat Faces Another Tough Campaign In 4th District

Sean Bielat at Rox Diner in Newton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Sean Bielat at Rox Diner in Newton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Republican Sean Bielat ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Rep. Barney Frank in 2010. Despite losing by 11 points, the former Marine’s challenge put Frank in one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his nearly three decades in office.

Now, Bielat faces yet another tough election against a big political name: Joe Kennedy III.

Bielat told WBUR’s Bob Oakes back in April that while he knew was probably going to be out-raised by Kennedy, he still felt he had a solid chance of winning.

“The media I think is very interested in [Kennedy] because it’s an interesting story,” Bielat said. “But I think for voters it’s a lot less important.”

In another interview with WBUR, Bielat said he feels his 2010 run against Frank helped level the playing field for Republicans in the state.

“We started something in 2010, and in a state that’s been basically single-party for so long, I think it takes more than one cycle to get enough people to come around and consider another party, another alternative,” Bielat said.

Bielat currently lives in Norfolk and runs the political social networking startup OneClickPolitics.com. He holds an MBA from Wharton School of Business and degrees from Harvard and Georgetown University.

We’ll talk to Bielat about why he thinks he’s the best representative for the newly drawn district.


  • Sean Bielat, Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District


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  • Bob Kavanagh

    I cannot vote for you simply because you are a member of the same party as Michelle Bachman and Steve King.

  • Theermann

    What is your thoughts on global warming?

  • J__o__h__n

    He claims that being in the majority party will be an asset to the district but in order to get elected as a Republican he will need to distance himself from the Republican social agenda.  How much clout will that give him in the party? 

  • Guest

    tired of the business douche bags asserting that the government should run like a business. Government is for the people and it is not a for profit entity.

    • http://twitter.com/BradMarston Brad Marston

      I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and shit a better argument than that. 

      How about running government like a business in terms of efficiency, innovation, accountability and fiscal responsibility.

      • Guest

        Oh, yes all businesses are efficient, innovative, accountable and fiscally responsible.

        What is so efficient, innovative, accountable and fiscally responsible about corporations that demand tax exemptions, gorge or corporate welfare, take investors money, squander it and then file for chapter 11, sell shoddy unsafe products and act as general parasites who create nothing of value other than “management fees” to line their pockets?

        Quite eating the alphabet soup that Mittbot is spewing out and think for yourself.

  • J__o__h__n

    Bielat’s vote for Speaker Boehner will be binary. 

  • Mike_Card

    What an idiot!  He thinks Congress ought to have oversight over the Barney Frank Act legislation?  Because 9% of the US populace thinks Congress is trustworthy?  This is the jagoff who refused to discuss his job description!!

  • J__o__h__n

    Maybe he shouldn’t be doing interviews either.  I wasn’t very impressed. 

  • http://twitter.com/Conservativeind Kimberly Morin

    Now if only the people of Massachusetts will FINALLY be smart and vote FOR their best interest rather than AGAINST it like they did with Barney Frank.  It’s time to stop being sheeple and stand up for yourselves.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheryl.felton Sheryl Felton

    Putting a useless Kennedy in office is absolutely ridiculous. Check his resume, nothing but another community organizer. We’re living with the consequences of the last community organizer that was voted in. Check Sean Bielats resume, there is no comparison between the two. It’s time for some housecleaning in the Congress and voting for Sean is a great way to start. 

  • CapnAngus

    You Big Government people make me ill…  Like some limousine liberal with a 52 miilion dollar s trust fund is going to look out for you. LMAO  at U
    I’d rather have someone like Sean Bielat who knows what it’s like to meet pay roll & can relate to my struggles than another member of the Royals sitting in D.C for life… Or until he gets caught up in a scandal like the rest of his clan has.

    It’s much better that we have Joe III making sure his family doesn’t miss out on any of those Green Energy $$…( RFK Jr. got 1.4 billion )  How much of that found its way back into Joe II war chest?

    Green energy is just another way for democrats to raid the public treasury. 

  • J__o__h__n

    It looks like the Republicans put out a call to comment on this – three nearly simultaneous (CapnAngus, that means at the same time)  posts the day after the story aired.

    • CapnAngus

       Prototypical KneeJERK liberal response personal insults Got it… So on substance U got NADA—  that’s Espanol for NOTHING ZILCH ZERO

  • CapnAngus

     & Y_o_h_n 
    I’m pretty sure Mr. Bielat knows it was a SEAL Team that killed Bin Laden & not a predator drone as Joe III has stated…

  • http://twitter.com/BradMarston Brad Marston

    Hey. Why don’t they have a link to the 20 minute segment of Joe Kennedy III answering questions? Oh. Right.

    • Guest


      8th Suffolk District Candidate Brad Marston Holds Radical Anti-Choice Views


        |   Sat, Sep 18, 2010
      11:17 AM EST

      Earlier this week, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
      expressed concern that Boston and Cambridge voters in the 8th Suffolk
      District may be unaware that House of Representatives candidate Brad
      Marston appears to hold radical views opposing a woman’s right to
      choose. Marston, an early organizer of the Tea Party movement in
      Massachusetts, is listed as the creator of the Facebook page for “Conservative Solutions/Let’s Get This Right.”

      At the time Marston announced his candidacy in September 2009,
      the ConservativeSolutions.org/Let’s Get This Right website included a
      number of statements that run counter to the values of Boston and
      Cambridge voters in the 8th Suffolk District, including that “Let’s Get
      This Right believes . . . that every human deserves the right to life –
      from conception . . .” The sentence goes on to state explicit opposition
      to a woman’s right to choose in terms typically used by extreme
      anti-choice organizations. An identical statement, associated with
      Marston’s name, was also posted on the website for an entity called “The Next Right.”

      It appears that the website for “Let’s Get This Right” was taken
      down sometime after Marston announced his candidacy in the 8th Suffolk
      District, which has a substantial number of pro-choice voters. Because
      this website is no longer available online, NARAL Pro-Choice
      Massachusetts felt compelled to release its content in an effort to
      inform the voters in Boston and Cambridge.
      Voters in the 8th Suffolk District – like a majority of voters in
      the Commonwealth – believe in privacy and support a woman’s right to
      make personal medical decisions, including the right to choose abortion.
      It’s important that, come November 2nd, voters in Boston and Cambridge
      are clear that Brad Marston does not share those values.
      NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is the driving force behind the
      election of many pro-choice state legislative candidates. With 20,000
      members across the Commonwealth, the organization provides direct
      assistance to candidates, mobilizes its pro-choice grassroots base in
      targeted districts, trains candidates and volunteers, and produces and
      distributes the only statewide pro-choice Voters’ Guide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Susan.Huffman.Massachusetts Susan Carson Huffman

    I’m sure JK3 is  a good kid – a teetotaler by all accounts.  And given his family background on his father’s side – that’s certainly a good thing.  He was in the Peace Corps teaching swimming on a tropical island apparently in addition to his short-term tenure as an Assistant District Attorney. I think I heard that he prosecuted some traffic violations. Possibly other things as well.  But it doesn’t qualify him to represent our district. 

    On the other hand, Sean Bielat has accomplished so much in his life – a decade of business experience in the private sector, not to mention his military service in the Marines.   I would be so honored to have him represent me in Congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carolyn-Crilly/1176207871 Carolyn Crilly

    This should not be a tough race for Sean Bielat but unfortunately because Joe’s last nama happens to be Kennedy it is.   Sean Bielat is the obvious choice in this race.

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