And they’re off and running

Long-term Congressman Ed Markey’s announcement that he’ll run in a special election to fill Senator John Kerry’s Senate seat (once Kerry is confirmed for Secretary of State) starts the new campaign season (did the old one ever stop?) with a splash.  The dean of the Massachusetts delegation is highly accomplished, and he is  said to have more than $3 million already in his war chest.Ed Markey

While Markey lacks the statewide recognition of one of the Kennedys, he is clearly better qualified and prepared than either Vicki or Teddy, Jr  to serve in the Senate. Ted, Jr. has already indicated he’s not going to run.  Vicki Kennedy has reportedly said she isn’t interested, but some national Democrats were eager for her to do so.  Optimally, those national Dems will now get behind Markey. 

capuanoMike Capuano is a scrappy liberal and a real fighter for progressive causes. He took his shot in the special Senate election primary in 2010, losing to Matha Coakley in a multi-candidate race. It’s  legitimate to think that his temperament may be better suited to the roiling House, especially now. 

steve lynchSouth Boston’s Steve Lynch is a sleeper, never given enough credit for being highly intelligent and for having  grown significantly in his years in the House. However,  his passionate anti-choice position is not in line with the views of the statewide electorate.  That said, if Capuano and Markey both get in, they and others could  split the left of center vote and center-right Lynch could prevail in a low-turnout primary.  In that eventuality, the Democrats might not be able to  block the reelection of Republican Scott Brown.

The only thing that is absolutely clear at this point is that political junkies will have plenty to occupy them in winter-spring 2013, with a special election for Senate and a Boston mayoral election this fall. Never a dull moment!

I welcome your comments in the section below.

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5 Responses to And they’re off and running

  1. Nancy Nizel says:

    Well said. Lets hear it for Ed. Hed better get started NOW, as his name recognition is low whether one compares him to Kennedy or not.

    On 12/27/12 5:53 PM, “Marjorie Arons-Barron” wrote:

    > aronsbarron posted: “Long-term Congressman Ed Markey’s announcement that he’ll > run in a special election to fill Senator John Kerry’s Senate seat (once Kerry > is confirmed for Secretary of State) starts the new campaign season (did the > old one ever stop?) with a splash. The ” >

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  2. Do you think Bill Weld may challenge Scott Brown for the Senate?

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  3. Al says:

    Why didn’t Lynch run in 2010? Wasn’t it because of a lack of interest (no support) in his candidacy, that deprived him of enough funds to mount a primary race? I don’t see anything changing this time around.

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    • In my opinion, there is sadly no Democrat that can lead the charge. If Bob Massie could raise the funds and the conversation – I would love to see him run. Of the hopefuls, I personally favor Capuano followed by Markey. If Vicki Kennedy were interested, she could beat Scott Brown. If Bill Weld doesn’t challenge Brown, he is the likely winner.

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  4. Maurice Lewis says:

    So Markey’s sitting on $3m to advance his own interest, oops, should I have said the public good? (seeking relection is good, but going away after 2 terms is better.) Markey has been very effective, but the ole guard are not the only thinkers and doers around. Selecting new representation is an important priviledge and we, ( I live in TN now and cannot) have a chance to do better.

    Marjorie, you’ve always told it like it is, so share some 411 on a couple of up and comers that we should keep an eye on, and maybe get behind. Thanks for the conversation.

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