If Martha Coakley wins the Senate race, the legislature will fill the vacancy at the AG’s office until the 2010 election. They vote in joint session, and since there are 160 Representatives to only 40 Senators, the House pretty much gets to decide who gets the job. Conventional wisdom says it goes to someone in the House, but Secretary of State Bill Galvin is said to be interested, and Adrian Walker likes the idea:
Bill Galvin is by far the best-qualified contender to be the state’s next attorney general … Galvin has his critics and I have occasionally been one of them…. But as an investigator, he has been inspired. He has zealously pursued securities fraud, both in connection to the Bernard Madoff scandal and before. He has cracked down on lobbyists and white-collar crime. In the process, his office has won millions of dollars for ripped-off consumers. If the AG’s office is essentially a civil law firm, he has shown a zeal for those cases. Zeal in a prosecutor should be an asset, not a liability.
Apparently, Galvin is openly interested in taking over the AG’s office. Walker says that “Galvin hints that if he is not selected for attorney general he will run for the office next year.” I don’t put much stock in that; Galvin “hints” at running for something other than Secretary of State every four years, but never actually does it. Nonetheless, with Martha Coakley expected to leave the office barring an unexpected catastrophe on January 19, the question of the next Attorney General is an interesting and pressing one.