Who Do You Think Should Run for Kerry’s Senate Seat?

After Pres. Obama’s nomination of John Kerry to be Secretary of State, there’s a lot of interest in the senior senator’s seat.

With U.S. Sen. John Kerry as Pres. Barack Obama’s pick to become Secretary of State, it’s anyone’s guess who will run for the seat in a special election next summer. Kerry was nominated by Obama on Dec. 21.

If Kerry is appointed, Gov. Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator, who will be named to the position before the special election.

Names have already been dropped locally and from afar, including actor and Cambridge native Ben Affleck, who said he is not interested in running for the seat Kerry has held since 1985.

Earlier in December, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey told reporters at Malden City Hall that he would “seriously consider” running for Kerry’s seat in the U.S. Senate. On Thursday, he made it official, announcing he would make a run for it. Markey is the first prominent candidate to officially announce his interest in Kerry’s seat.

The Boston Globe reported Thursday that both Democratic Congressmen Michael Capuano of Somerville and Stephen Lynch of South Boston have expressed interest in running, but neither have made any decisions or announcements yet.

There is also speculation that outgoing Sen. Scott Brown will run on the Republican side.

So, you tell us. Who do you think should run for John Kerry’s seat? Tell us in our comments section below.

John DiMascio December 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
There are more faithful Catholic than you think. Catholicism isn't a cafeteria. It's a binary equation when it comes to De-Fide (defined matters of faith and morals). Those that dissent from these doctrines, are no longer in full communion with the Church. It's like being pregnant, you either are your not. As for pro-life voters, they vote on the issue, they work for candidates on the issue, they donate to candidates based on that issue.
Aron Levy December 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I'm going to have to agree with Steven here. When I met with Rep. Markey last sprig to discuss Net Neutrality, he seemed pretty much in control. How is he 'screwing it up?'
Kai Sale December 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Why does Stephen always digress on the topic at hand and begin his own agenda? If you don't know him, he went into a ridiculous tirade about gun ownership. He was silenced out of that discussion and now he's here. Stephen, you have a lot to learn about mature discussions. I strongly suggest you stop before you make an even bigger fool of yourself -that is if you really are who you say you are. Back to the discussion - Scott Brown. He proved himself before the Obama Chicago machine annointed Cherokee Warren to oust him. This state needs a balance in the Senate, not another party Democratic liner like Warren.
Paul Garver December 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
So far as Democratic candidates go, I could support Markey or Capuano, or (if he were interested) Barney Frank. Scott Brown provide balance? He would vote with the Republicans and Tea Partiers against everything that would restore sane national priorities. Massachusetts voters have made it clear that they support a Budget for All, and not just for the fat cats. Brown was defeated in November because he was opposed to progressive change.
Joe Piantedosi December 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This seat should go to Scott Brown. He is the only candidate that represents all interests. Many of us in Mass feel like we have no representation. Its time we had a voice. Scott Brown is the right person. He has a solid and honest track record unlike most of Washington.
Carolyn A. Gritter December 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Ed Markey would represent the Commonwealth ably. Moving from the House to the Senate, he would know the workings and players in the other branch and relationships are invaluable for getting things done. Moreover, Markey has expertise in the key issue areas of telecommunications and environment. He's a strong consumer advocate. Remember he's been outspoken on wasteful military spending while advocating for R&D, which employs thousands of people in Massachusetts. He supports women's employment and health-care rights, and he can raise money. Scott Brown would be a retread whom voters rejected as a feckless stealth Republican and a reliable vote for the Republican filibuster.
Earnhardt December 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks john, I didn't know if he announced as I have not heard anything. I also would support him over Markey, and no he should not get the keys. He needs to work for it, and I am not so sure he would win anyways. I'm not even sure he wants to run for it as he ha not tipped his hand at all.
Anne December 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I voted for Scott Brown last election and I'd vote for him again but I think he hurt himself by not standing up for his party and also with his votes on Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Dodd/Frank amendment. I believe his votes on these bills were wrong and he needs to be a true Republican not a RINO. Being bipartisan is one thing but voting with the other party just to get along is in my opinion wrong. We do need a balance though because the liberals in Massachusetts don't care if we go off the fiscal cliff and that includes Elizabeth Warren.
sheila Loayza December 29, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Definitely Ed Markey for all the reasons stated by Carolyn Gritter.
sally traniello December 29, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Scott Brown. He reads bills before voting He is not yes man.
NWBL December 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
" And [Lynch] might get some pro-life Republicans because he professes to be pro-life." Deal-breaker for most women.
Pete Jones December 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It amazes me that in a one party state that people are so afraid of putting an experienced Senator Scott Brown back into a seat which he has held and was making great progress for America and the State of Mass. We in Massachusetts have just sent two (2) other inexperienced people to Washington, do we need a third non functional trainee or should we finally look to send someone with experience.
Aron Levy December 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
He sure doesn't represent MY interests. Ed Markey does.
Aron Levy December 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Very well said, Carolyn.
Aron Levy December 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Inexperienced? Ed Markey has been in Congress since 1978. He has more experience in his small finger than Scott Brown possesses in his entire bought-and-sold-by-Big Oil person.
Michael Bate December 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Ed Markey will be an outstanding U.S. Senator, just as he has been an outstanding Congressman. He has taken the lead on many issues, including Climate Change, which threatens our way of life and our very existence. The last two Republican U.S. Senators from MA (before Brown; I'm referring to Saltonstall and Brooke) were, unlike Brown, good and decent men who stood for principles and did not wait till the last minute to declare their positions on issues. I wish there were still Republicans with their character.
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 01:47 AM
The thing about Brown is that he's LIKEABLE. Or at least he was, until he decided to bully Senator Warren (I like the sound of that) about her Cherokee heritage. The New England Genealogical Society (perhaps the premier such group in the world) came out in support of Ms Warren's claims. Why isn't that good enough for you heritagers? (On second thought, please don't use that word. It's awful. But it got its point across.)
x December 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
If by climate change you refer to current one-party dominance in Massachusetts, then Markey has done nothing to help this threatening situation. Mister Ed is the personification of an entrenched political hack and a testament to term limits. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Yes Deacon, how DARE we keep voting in politicians who we feel are doing excellent jobs? We must give time over to the minority party: it's only fair! Come on. Massachusetts is overwhelmingly liberal. Has been for the better part of a century. I would gladly vote for a Republican if he followed a Nelson Rockefeller mould. But we both know the Rockefeller Republicans are dead and gone. Hell, even your beloved Ronald Reagan probably wouldn't be reactionary enough for the Tea Party: remember how he distanced himself from the John Birch Society during the 1968 California gubernatorial election?
Carrie December 30, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I believe the Governor and legislature plan to change the law again so they can appoint the senator to replace Kerry until the next election anyway. If they could find a way to appoint him permanently I'm sure they would. We do need some balance in our State's politics I think so I would consider voting for Brown again. Although I would not rule out Markey or Lynch. The others are far too liberal for me.
Murray Anderson December 30, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Paul, Really? Scott Brown would provide balance. He is more bi-partisan than all but one senator. He's more independent than the 2 independent senators. Mass voters chose a liberal democrat and a rubber stamp for Obama over an independent thinker. Which is fine. The people spoke and made their choice (except for the democratic primary when all other candidates were stong armed by the dem leadership) Lets be honest, you are a socialist and don't care for BALANCE. As far as you are concerned the more left the better.
Liz December 30, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I never took my Brown bumper sticker off and I'm just thankful we might get the chance to keep him as one of our Senators.
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 03:28 AM
How sad, Murray. Only in America is 'socialist' an insult. I am a PROUD Social Democrat. If you think that makes me a Commie pinko, I would be happy to explain to you the differences between Communism and Socialism.
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Oh and Liz, I see people driving around with Dole/Kemp 1996 stickers still on their cars. I doubt that'll happen anytime soon, either.
Earnhardt December 30, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Still have mine on also, it will be there when and IF he decides to run. Although I don't think he will. I think he may be eyeing Deval's Seat.....
Kai Sale December 30, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Steve, your rants give your hometown of Waltham a bad name- go seek help
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Kai, you believe Steven needs psychological help simply because he argues his opposing viewpoint forcefully? Maybe you need to spice up your diet. Thin gruel can't be all that good for your constitution.
Pete N December 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
No date on a Saturday night?
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Stop stalking me.
Ugotta B. Kidding December 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
We should vote for nice guys. Scott Brown is a nice guy. Elizabeth Warren is a nice guy. Markey is a nice guy. Barney frank is a nice guy. They all know how to spend money that we would only waste. Good thing we have such intelligent voters.


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