Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him. He’s my rep (I’m pretty sure), and I can barely remember him:
US Representative Edward J. Markey, dean of the state’s Washington delegation, will run in 2013 for the Senate seat expected to open with the nomination of Senator John F. Kerry to head the State Department.
Markey, 66, a Malden Democrat elected to the House in 1976, is the first prominent candidate to declare a run for Kerry’s seat, which will be filled through a special election early next summer, probably in June. Kerry, a Democrat and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate in coming weeks as the next secretary of state.
The Massachusetts special election is likely to be a closely watched national race and a poten tial harbinger for the 2014 midterm elections.
“I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important,” Markey said in a statement to the Globe. “There is so much at stake.”
Two other Bay State congressmen, Michael E. Capuano of Somerville and Stephen F. Lynch of South Boston, both Democrats, have also expressed interest in seeking Kerry’s seat, but have announced no decision.
Running in a special election is a low-risk venture for House incumbents. If they lose, they would still be members of Congress and be able to run for reelection as favored incumbents in 2014. State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, a Pittsfield Democrat, is expected to announce next week that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible Senate run.
Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who lost his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November, is the most likely GOP candidate in the 2013 special election.
Markey’s announcement was made just three days after Edward M. Kennedy Jr., a son of the late US senator, said he would pass on the Massachusetts race and may run in the future in Connecticut, where he now lives.
I missed the Kennedy announcement. No wonder Markey wants in. He’s just as talentless and unqualified as Capuano and Lynch—and any other party hack I can think of. Why not run?
He’s enjoyed his lifetime appointment to the House (never finishing with less than 62% of the vote, seven times with 98% or more), so I don’t know how he’d do in a bruising primary, let alone a statewide election against Scott Brown.
Without a Kennedy running, it’s an open seat. Let the infighting begin.