Just minutes after John Kerry's confirmation as Secretary of State, another major development in the MA Senate race. Looks like the rumors last week were indeed someone jumping the gun and not wild speculation.
US Representative Stephen F. Lynch has reserved the ironworkers union hall in South Boston for a Thursday afternoon announcement that he is running for the Democratic nomination in the special election to fill John F. Kerry’s seat, a person with direct knowledge of the congressman’s decision said Tuesday.
The decision is somewhat perplexing as Lynch's social conservatism leaves him the distinct underdog to Rep. Ed Markey. Time is getting short for other candidates to declare, so it looks like we're set to see a one-on-one fight. Markey has the backing of most of the state's establishment already. Lynch's best hope is to mobilize his blue-collar townie base against the uber-white-collar, cosmopolitan-oriented Markey.
Ultimately Lynch is unlikely to win, but his entrance into the race could be a positive for us by helping turn blue-collar Dems against Markey.
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