US Representative Edward Markey, dean of the state's Washington delegation, will run in 2013 for the US Senate seat expected to open with the nomination of US Senator John 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 the coming weeks as the next secretary of state.
The Massachusetts special election is likely to be a closely-watched national race, and a potential harbinger for the 2014 mid-term 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."
Not often do we see 35+ year Congressmen run for higher office, especially when they have previously chaired powerful committees. Markey likely doesn't see Dems regaining a House majority if he is taking this plunge. His entry likely guarantees a bloody, expensive Democratic primary; Markey begins the race with over $3 million in the bank. Rep. Stephen Lynch has been saying privately he is in, but has not confirmed his plans. Rep. Mike Capuano is also believed to be interested, as well as Treasurer Steve Grossman.
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