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

After President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as Secretary of State, there’s a lot of interest in the senior senator’s seat.

With U.S. Senator John Kerry as President Barack Obama’s pick for 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, Governor 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.

Last week, Congressman Edward Markey announced he would make a run for it. Markey is the first prominent candidate to officially announce his interest in Kerry’s seat. Kerry and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, both said Markey would make a fine senator.

The Boston Globe reported last week 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 Senator Scott Brown will run on the Republican side. 

Only time will tell who will be throwing their hat in the ring. 

So, you tell us. Who do you think should run for John Kerry’s seat once he’s officially nominated Secretary of State? Tell us in our comments section below.

Daniel F. Devine January 07, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Since the advent of President Johnson's "Great Society" began Trillions of dollars have been $pent trying to eliminate poverty, with the opposite effect happening as more people are now living under the poverty level than in the 1960's. In fact OBAMA (another Democrat) has $pent more toward welfare programs in 2010 alone, which is MORE than A L L the money used during the Bush Presidency for the Iraq War. Extensive fraud and abuse thrive and are rampant in A L L of these programs and NOTHING seems to be done to eliminate the corruption and misuse of these programs. Which is why I'm for "Hope & Change" ~ CHANGE the current politicians (Democrat or Republican) and HOPE things improve although I think the damage is done and nothing can or will be done. Hmmmm.
Avon Barksdale January 07, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Whoa, Ted Kennedy is dead?
Borden Wicks January 07, 2013 at 02:49 PM
no, but it means you shouldn't win!
Tree Hugger January 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I find it disheartening that Mr. Nolta is allowed to antagonize fellow posters and get their comments banned. Now that the comments are erased, its not possible for anyone to read them, but I feel as if an injustice was done. I care for the environment, and Mr. Nolta took my screen name and misconstrued it into something inappropriate for his own perverse pleasure, and yet my comments were removed as well? Does Mr. Nolta work for Patch? He seems well connected. And I'm getting the impression I'm not the 1st person he has attempted to intellectually bully.
Mary MacDonald January 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I removed several comments on this thread this morning in which posters went back and forth, insulting each other, and antagonizing each other. Please keep comments directed at the topic of the article, which is who should take John Kerry's seat, and not each other.

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