And they’re off and running by Marjorie Arons-Barron

The entry below is being cross posted from Marjorie Arons-Barron’s own blog. Check it out.

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.

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.

Mike 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.



South 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.

4 Responses to And they’re off and running by Marjorie Arons-Barron

  1. Brian Flaherty says:

    Why is it that those of us who are pro-life are tagged as being “one issue voters” but Lynch is automatically disqualified because of that “one issue?”

  2. Jack Mitchell says:

    I read on Blue Mass Group, that everybody who’s anybody was lining up behind Markey.

    I left thinking, unless Vicki Kennedy wants to share a touching anecdote or fill in the context of a bit of history around Teddy’s touch on America; I am not too interested in what she has to say. As for John Kerry, he awkwardly exits politics, by taking sides in a Senate race? Dude?!

    You know us “grassroots types,” always sticking it to The Man, ;v)

    I’m more interested to see Scott Brown challenge Charlie Baker for the Gov nom in 2014. Thus, watch the MAGOP muster up for the Senate Special. Will Weld get Ray Flynn’s endorsement, this cycle?

    MADEMS are boring, yo. The real political pizzazz is with the MAGOP.

  3. Renee Aste says:

    Bill Manzi, Mayor of Methuen weighs in.

    “I like to win, and I like to see things move, and on that basis I understand what happened. But Capuano, Lynch, and Downing deserved better than what they got. And I am fascinated by the utter lack of consistency of some of those in the liberal blogosphere, who have been devoted to “process” and “democracy”, who now turn a blind eye to what is nothing short of putting the fix in. It will just be a bit more difficult to raise objections in the future when it happens with a different set of candidates.”