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[link]CBS News,http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-5 ... r-june-25/[/link]





Special election to fill Kerry's Senate seat set for June 25





One day before John Kerry is expected to be confirmed to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the date has been set for a special election to fill the Massachusetts Democrat's Senate seat.





The election will take place June 25, with the primary set for April 30, Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin announced today, [link]according to,http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/0 ... story.html[/link] the Boston Globe.





Galvin said he will make nomination papers available soon this week. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the only candidate to have formally declared, but other possible contenders include Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., and former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who was ousted in November by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Candidates have four weeks to wrangle 10,000 certified voter signatures for their names to appear on the primary ballot.
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[link]WaPo,http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/pos ... s-morning/[/link]





Massachusetts Senate vacancy could be filled this morning





Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) schedule says he will make an announcement at 11 a.m. Wednesday.





The announcement appears as though it will be Patrick’s pick for a temporary appointee to fill John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) Senate seat — especially given that Kerry was confirmed as secretary of state on Tuesday and given that the announcement will be live-streamed.





Some media have reported that the announcement will indeed be Patrick’s appointee.





Among the candidates thought to be in the mix for the appointment are former congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.); Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy; businesswoman Carol Fulp and Mo Cowan, Patrick’s former chief of staff.
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January 30, 2013Cowan Picked as Interim SenatorWilliam "Mo" Cowan, a senior adviser to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), will be named by the governor to serve as the interim U.S. senator until a successor to John Kerry is chosen by the voters, the Boston Globe reports.[/break1]com/archives/2013/01/30/cowan_picked_as_interim_senator.html]http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/ ... nator.html

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profile of Cowan here:[/break1]boston.com/news/politics/articles/2010/12/13/for_top_patrick_aide_echoes_of_governors_journey/?page=full]http://www.boston.com/news/politics/art ... ?page=fullHe grew up in a largely segregated tobacco town in rural North Carolina, the son of a machinist and a seamstress. As a boy, he watched the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross in town, march on his high school, and hand out literature on Main Street.These might sound like the memories of someone raised half a century ago in the Jim Crow South. But William “Mo’’ Cowan is 41 and graduated from high school in 1987.Four years later, Cowan came to Boston for law school and never left, becoming one of the city’s leading African-American lawyers. Now, he is about to embark on a new journey: Next month, he becomes the fourth chief of staff to Governor Deval Patrick, a job that will put him at the center of nearly every decision the governor makes.remainder at the link.

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January 30, 2013Cowan Picked as Interim SenatorWilliam "Mo" Cowan, a senior adviser to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), will be named by the governor to serve as the interim U.S. senator until a successor to John Kerry is chosen by the voters, the Boston Globe reports.[/break1]com/archives/2013/01/30/cowan_picked_as_interim_senator.html]http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/ ... nator.htmlThat links to a Boston Globe article, which states, in part:Cown, 43, was first hired by Patrick as his legal counsel in 2009 and was then promoted to chief of staff in 2010. Last November, Cowan stepped down from the $144,000 a year job.Cowan is a North Carolina native and Duke University graduate who came to Boston to attend Northeastern University Law School in the early 1990s - and never left the region. One of the city’s leading African-American lawyers, Cowan is a former partner in the politically connected law firm of Mintz Levin.Cowan will become the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since Edward Brooke held the seat as a Republican from 1966 to 1978.Patrick and Cowan built up a strong friendship over the years, in part, because both men have risen from difficult childhoods to prominence in Boston and in the state. Patrick also served as a mentor to Cowan when both were practicing lawyers.[/break1]boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01/30/governor-deval-patrick-announce-interim-senator-pick-today/0dFtO6tg5pnvg6WiLgw7dL/story.html]http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/01 ... story.htmlThe article also notes an April 25 primary. It's unclear whether this is supposed to be a placeholder appointment, but why not appoint a strong candidate for the seat?
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January 30, 2013Cowan Picked as Interim SenatorWilliam "Mo" Cowan, a senior adviser to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), will be named by the governor to serve as the interim U.S. senator until a successor to John Kerry is chosen by the voters, the Boston Globe reports.[/break1]com/archives/2013/01/30/cowan_picked_as_interim_senator.html]http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/ ... nator.html :madz2: :madz2: :madz2:
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The Democratic Party of Massachusetts probably suffered from having two powerful, nationally known, highly effective senators for 47 years (Kennedy) and 27 years (Kerry). Complacency was an obvious problem in the election that Scott Brown won. They overcame that with the Warren nomination. However, the thinking might now be that there is a broad field of excellent candidates for Kerry's seat and the primary will sort out the winner. If the party is assuming that it is playing from a position of strength, I think they are wrong. And I bet Scott Brown is happy this morning. What a lost opportunity.
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Cronyism. ](*,) Can we start a draft Barney movement?

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Barney Frank reacts to Patrick's pick of Mo Cowan for interim senator





Former Congressman Barney Frank, who had been advocating for his appointment as interim senator, said Gov Deval Patrick’s pick for the post is dedicated to working hard to resolve budget issues. ...





“I know Mr. Cowan is committed to working hard and in socially-fair and economically-efficient manner toward solving pending budget issues,” Frank said in a statement Wednesday. ...





[highlight]Frank said in his statement that he will support Congressman Ed Markey[/highlight], a Malden Democrat who has said he is running for the seat.





“I now look forward to working for the election of Ed Markey to continue this work, and to providing President Obama the support he deserves in carrying out the mandate he received in November,” he said.





Markey has already been endorsed by Kerry, Vicki Kennedy and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Congressman Stephen Lynch, a South Boston Democrat, is expected to announce this week whether he will run for the seat as well. Former Sen. Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican, is seen as a potential candidate.
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:((

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[link]BuzzFeed,http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski ... -in-massac[/link]





Is Stephen Lynch Too Conservative To Win In Massachusetts?





Will the next Democratic Senator from Massachusetts be a pro-life, Iraq War-supporting, ObamaCare-fighting Congressman who once opposed an assault weapons ban and gay rights?





That's what seven-term Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch is hoping as he reportedly prepares to announce his candidacy on Thursday.





Lynch is betting that his social conservatism — far to the right of his toughest likely primary opponent, Congressman Ed Markey — will win over moderate Democrats in the state. But as the member routinely identified as the most socially conservative of the Massachusetts delegation (including former Republican Senator Scott Brown) he could have trouble even winning in a statewide general election, let alone a Democratic primary.





Lynch voted to ban partial-birth abortion along with his solid pro-life voting record, and says of ObamaCare on his website it says "he believes that the health care reform law, passed in 2010, is critically flawed in that it does very little to reform the current fee for service system." Lynch reiterates his support as well for "true health care reform."
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[link]Political Wire,http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/ ... ction.html[/link]





Brown Holds Early Lead in Special Election





A new [link]Public Policy Polling survey,http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... ss-up.html[/link] in Massachusetts finds Scott Brown (R) edging Ed Markey (D) in a possible special election match up to fill the seat of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), 48% to 45%.





Caveat: "69% of the voters currently undecided voted for Elizabeth Warren in November, while only 17% of them voted for Brown. If those folks ended up voting for the same party that they did in November, Markey would lead Brown by a point. Brown may be starting out at 48%, but it's a very hard path to 50 for him given who the undecideds are."
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GOP prods a hesitant Scott Brown to run for Senate





With time running short, Washington Republicans have begun a “full court press’’ to persuade an increasingly reluctant Scott Brown to run in the special election to replace John F. Kerry, say two leading Massachusetts GOP figures.





The eleventh-hour effort, coordinated by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, comes as those familiar with Brown’s deliberations are becoming convinced that he will not run and instead will look for a job in the private sector.





The committee has lined up some of Brown’s former Senate colleagues to mount the campaign to persuade him to run. They are telling Brown he is the party’s best and probably only hope to win the June 25 election in a state that traditionally sends Democrats to Washington, said those GOP figures, who ­declined to comment on the record. Brown will probably disclose his decision in the next few days.





As the pressure mounts on Brown, a proudly defiant Stephen F. Lynch launched his Senate campaign Thursday by casting himself as a blue-collar political outsider and his rival for the Democratic nomination, Edward J. Markey, as an out-of-touch creature of Washington.
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I heard a talking head express doubt that Brown will run for this Senate seat. The theory was that if he runs and loses a second Senate race in less than a year, his political career is done, and he would rather run for Governor in two years. We shall see.
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RT @FixAaron: GOP source says Scott Brown not running for #MASENThat's WaPo's "The Fix" blogger, Aaron Blake.[/break1]com/FixAaron/status/297403528530522114][/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/

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TPM confirms:Reports: Scott Brown To Pass On Run In Special ElectionTOM KLUDT 1:07 PM EST, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2013 Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) will not run in the Massachusetts special election to fill the seat vacated by newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry, according to various reports on Friday. Brown's decision opens the Republican field in the race, denying the Bay State GOP their most formidable candidate in years and perhaps their best chance at securing Kerry's seat.A poll released last week showed Brown trouncing Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), the Democratic frontrunner in the special election, while a survey released on Wednesday showed a neck-and-neck race between the two. But both polls showed Brown maintaining the broad popularity that typified his brief stint in the Senate.Update: Brown issued a statement Friday in which he cited his reluctance to participate in his third Senate campaign in four years and return to a Congress even more partisan than the one" he left only a month ago.[/break1]talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/reports-scott-brown-to-pass-on-run-in?ref=fpa]http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/e ... in?ref=fpaI think that pundit I heard was right!
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Very good news. Any Republican who decides to run will have to start from scratch, unlike Brown.

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Brown didn't have much of a lead advantage anyway and I'm certain he looked at the numbers and realized he didn't have a hope. All the oppo research that his last opponent did is still fresh, and I'm certain he realised he would drop in the poll numbers once he was facing a challange. Pulling out is the smart move for him.And of course it means that the strategy to try and increase the senate numbers by harassing Rice to get Kerry out has pretty much collapsed. Now they are back to hoping some other GOP wins a traditionally blue state.Never bet against Obama.
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Maybe McCain, Ambassador Rice's loudest critic, will ask for a reconsideration of John Kerry's confirmation.

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All the opponent has to do is follow the successful script of Ms. Warren. Somewhere Brown will step on his dick saying something offensive about his opponent's background and it will deteriorate from there. He hasn't figured out that when you are in a hole, the first thing to do is.... You know the first rule of a crisis situation.....
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This is WONDERFUL news! \ :D / I'm so thankful we won't have to deal with a third campaign seeing him driving around in his truck wearing his barn jacket and claiming to be "for the people of Massachusetts". Also, too. It'll be interesting to see how he fares if he runs for governor. Methinks MA remembers its' last Repub governor all too well, and not in a positive way.

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[link]Boston Herald,http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/lo ... _us_senate[/link]





Richard Tisei says he won’t run for U.S. Senate





One potential Republican candidate is taking himself out of the special U.S. Senate election, the Herald has learned.





Former GOP state Senate Majority Leader Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost a congressional race to U.S. Rep. John Tierney last November, confirmed he will not be running, and said he is focusing more on another run for Congress.





“I’m going to stick to what I wanted to do,” said Tisei, who also was the GOP lieutenant governor nominee in 2010. Tisei plans to send out a statement tomorrow telling Republicans of his decision.





Massachusetts Republicans are still scrambling to find a candidate in the June 25 special election after former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown announced he was taking a pass on another Senate campaign.
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Maybe Martha Coakley could change parties?

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Maybe Martha Coakley could change parties?Maybe we should send her an invitation! :rockon: :-bd
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Buy her a pickup truck? :lol:
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