A new Twitter account purportedly set up to draft state Rep. Marc Lombardo for a Congressional run in the 6th District against U.S. Rep. John Tierney had even the potential candidate baffled on Wednesday, but the Billerica Republican would not rule out a run.
“I was very flattered to see that,” Lombardo said. “It’s certainly something that I would have to discuss with my family, and explore with people in the district to see if there was a path to victory.”
Lombardo helped accelerate the buzz on Wednesday when he retweeted the account’s first dispatch: “RT if you think @marctlombardo would make a great Congressman!”
Whoever is behind the account, which did not include identifying information, described Lombardo as a “true conservative.”
Lombardo said he had no idea who was behind the effort, though he did say that last week an anonymous letter arrived at his house also urging him to run.
“I wish I knew who it was so I could talk to them about it,” Lombardo said.
At the time Lombardo retweeted the message, the account had just two followers: a reporter at the Lowell Sun and Red Sox TV color analyst and former second baseman Jerry Remy. Andover Rep. Jim Lyons, however, soon seconded the notion that Lombardo would “make a great Congressman.”
Lombardo used to reside in U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’s district, but Billerica was redrawn into Tierney’s district during the redistricting process.
Former Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei of Wakefield ran against Tierney in 2012.
A visitor to the State House press gallery popped his head in Wednesday and surfaced the Lombardo for Congress Twitter talk, calling it the “hilarity of the day.”