Kerry is confirmed 94-3; the race to succeed him is on

John Kerry has won easy (94-3) Senate confirmation as President Obama’s new Secretary of State.  Needless to say, we are very proud that one of BMG’s own is now the nation’s top diplomat!  Congratulations Mr. Secretary – a well-deserved honor.

That, of course, means that Kerry’s Senate seat is vacant (or will be as soon as the formalities of submitting paperwork are done).  Governor Patrick is expected to name an interim Senator tomorrow, and the special election now begins in earnest.  The dates are expected to be an April 30 primary, and a June 25 election.

I assume that we will know within a couple of days whether Ed Markey will face a primary opponent, whether it be Steve Lynch or a surprise entrant, and who, if anyone, will jump in on the other side of the aisle.

Ed Markey’s official kickoff event is this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Malden Y – check it out if you can, and in any event, watch this space for all the latest!

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8 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. WCVB says Lynch is in.


  2. Lynch kick off Thursday

    Lynch has scheduled an event for Thursday. Obviously this is to announce he is in. It’s on Democrats.

  3. Inhofe further out of right field

    Railed against the UN and voted against his “old friend” for “believing in it”. Sorry James, 1939 called and it wants it foreign policy back.

  4. Tonight's Lowell Volunteer Meeting for Ed Markey Senate Campaign

    Tonight’s event, that BMG so kindly helped promote, was very well attended. Give ‘er take 40 activists from Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut and Tyngsboro, that I know of, came to find out more about the timelines and to get a rough sketch of the way forward until the campaign proper unfolds itself. Many of the workhorses I saw slogging it out for the Warren campaign, showed up tonight for Markey.

    For a more detailed telling of tonight’s event, go to:

    (If the diary isn’t up when you get there, take a look around Dick’s blog. A thoughtful person will appreciate the material provided.)

  5. The three nay votes in the full Senate vote cast by...

    Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, John Cornyn of Texas, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

    And you know they’ll brag about it back home.

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