BY PAUL LEIGHTON
---- — BEVERLY — Beverly resident Daniel Fishman has suspended his campaign for U.S. Senate, saying he’s satisfied that other candidates will fill his role.
Fishman, a Libertarian, announced his candidacy in February for the seat vacated by John Kerry, three months after finishing last in a race for Congress against Democrat incumbent John Tierney and Republican Richard Tisei.
Fishman announced his withdrawal Sunday in a statement on his campaign website. He said he decided to pull out because three Republicans have entered the race.
“In the past, I have run because I did not perceive a significant difference between the Republican and Democrat in their concern for the civil liberties of private citizens,” he said in his statement.
“I have, however, recently become satisfied that there is a candidate in the race who will voice the concerns of those who fear a tyranny of the majority.”
Fishman, a software engineer, faced an uphill task in trying to gather the required 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot by the April 3 deadline. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are the Democratic candidates for the seat. Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Dan Winslow are running on the Republican side.