If Republicans are eager to pass on the higher-profile Brown given his foibles, they will have at least one alternative in Republican Selectman Bob Burr of Canton, MA.
“Joe Kennedy is my friend. I believe he would have been a great senator for Massachusetts and I respect the difficult decision he and his family have made. I know that Joe will continue his lifelong commitment as a phenomenal champion for the poorest in our society,” he said Monday.
“As the most senior member of the Massachusetts and New England House Delegations and as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, I now must weigh where I can make the greatest impact on the issues facing the people of Massachusetts.”
Politico reminds us that Congressman Markey seemed to be itching to run for Senate in 2004 had Senator John Kerry won the Presidency – but that was when Republicans ruled the House. Half a decade later, now that Rep. Markey enjoys a powerful Chairmanship and increased influence in the Democratic-majority House, will the 63-year-old want to give that up for a Senate seat? We’ll see.
Her supporters lined city intersections for two blocks around the Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast on Monday, a sign of the Democrat’s early organizational advantage in the race to succeed the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Coakley said in an interview the response to her candidacy since announcing last Thursday has been “overwhelming.”
In such a condensed primary season, an early organizational advantage is even more valuable than an early fundraising advantage.
Fourth, in one of his first public appearances after taking steps toward a run in the special election – a Labor Day health care rally yesterday – Congressman Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts’ all-Democratic Congressional delegation’s most conservative member, is booed mercilessly. While Lynch holds sway with Massachusetts’ labor community, he does not receive much love from the liberal activists that will have a significant hand in determining the winner of the Democratic primary on December 8th. Here’s the Boston Globe’s take:
A parade of politicians, labor leaders, and workers addressed the crowd yesterday at Parkman Bandstand on the Common, including Attorney General Martha Coakley, who formally launched her campaign last week to fill the US Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward M. Kennedy.
“This is a frontier that cannot wait,” Coakley said, vowing to pick up where Kennedy left off. “We need health care for everyone.”
The crowd’s loudest roar came when the Democrat threw her support behind a public, or government-run, insurance option, which she said “will give us the competition and the choice we need to make sure we have good coverage for everyone.”
The rally crowd was not so kind to US Representative Stephen Lynch, a South Boston Democrat who is strongly considering a run for Kennedy’s seat. Boos drowned out Lynch’s speech, though he said he is 100 percent in favor of reform.
“He’s in favor of health care reform but not in favor of the public option, and that’s the difference between the sheep and the wolves,” said Bill Wasserman, 82, of Ipswich.
Lynch has expressed skepticism about the hefty price tag of the Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul, and labor unions have viewed this as a sign of opposition to a public option.
US Representative Michael Capuano of Somerville, another Democrat considering a run for Senate, may have launched an early salvo at Lynch when he said that health care reform “will be a major test to see who actually walks the walk and who actually talks it.”
Congressman Capuano seems ready for a fight. Is he signaling his intentions or simply laying down a marker just in case (not that Capuano has much time to waste)? Stay tuned.
Fifth, a hearing will be held Wednesday in the Massachusetts state Legislature to consider legislation to allow the Governor to make a temporary appointment in the case of a Senate vacancy until a special election can be held. Such legislation would, of course, apply to the current situation and curtail Massachusetts’ lapse in full representation in the U.S. Senate.
Finally, you know how I know that former Major Leaguer Curt Schilling will never be a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (and likely won’t run in the special election)? He typed the following words:
I believed in Dick Cheney
So there’s that.
UPDATE: Looks like Capuano’s in:
NewsCenter 5 has learned that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a Democrat who picked up Joe Jr.’s former Congressional seat, also intends to run for Kennedy’s seat. He is expected to pick up nomination papers Tuesday and make a formal announcement later in the week.
UPDATE 2: Looks like Meehan’s out:
Meanwhile, former Democratic congressman Martin Meehan, now chancellor of UMass-Lowell, announced he won’t be entering the Senate race today.
“After careful consideration and many conversations with my family and close supporters, I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate at this time,” Meehan said in a statement. “While I am not ruling out the possibility of seeking public office in the future, I am fortunate to be leading a remarkable university that I love, and I just don’t want to walk away.”
UPDATE 3: Here’s a handy chart:
|In||State Attorney General Martha Coakley
Congressman Stephen Lynch
Congressman Michael Capuano
|State Senator Scott Brown
Selectman Bob Burr
|Maybe||Congressman Edward Markey
Congressman John Tierney
2008 Senate candidate Ed O’Reilly
|Retired Major Leaguer Curt Schilling*
(would have to run as an independent)
|Out||Congressman Barney Frank
Attorney Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Former Congressman Joe Kennedy II
Former Congressman Martin Meehan
Congressman Bill Delahunt
|Former Gov. Mitt Romney
Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
|Congressman Jim McGovern||Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan
Former Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card
Former Governor Paul Cellucci
2008 Senate nominee Jeff Beatty
Businessman Chris Egan
2008 Senate candidate Jim Ogonowski