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A Wide Open Field

March 2, 2011

For anyone that actively follows politics, the end of midterms symbolizes the beginning of the next election cycle. In 2012 the Massachusetts delegation will be acting and reacting to, not only the sure to be contentious Presidential election, but a contested Senatorial election as well. Commentators and party operatives from both sides of the aisle will no doubt be dodging questions from or asking favors of Massachusetts due to their familiarity with Presidential contender Mitt Romney and the democrats hoping to knock Brown off his Senatorial pedestal.

Those vying for Scott Brown’s seat have attempted to keep their intentions to themselves, but n a state as political incestuous as Massachusetts that never quite works. Most Massachusetts party people—and their hangers on—have commented on record or behind the scenes on who they’d support in the fight to take back Kennedy’s seat.

Governor Patrick recently fell into the trap when speaking with the National Journal during National Governors Association Winter Meeting. In the interview Patrick named names of people who’ve spoken with him about their plans to run. Afterward during the media flurry that followed Massachusetts has ended up with eight candidates who are ‘considering’ a run for higher office.

In a series of two posts I’ll attempt to give a little more insight into the canidites and the fun we can look forward to in 2012.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren:

Warren, Newton’s first African American Mayor, has been in office only slightly longer than Brown himself. The Iraq veteran and former aide to Senator John Kerry has been surrounded by speculation for most of his tenure. Until now Warren has said he’s focused on his position despite growing questions surrounding several trips made to Washington D.C., where he serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ committee on Community Development and Housing.

Congressman Edward Markey:

Despite the pressure added by the Governor’s words Markey has not—to the best of my knowledge—commented on whether or not he’s eye-bowling Brown’s seat. The 7th Congressional District Representative has been in office since 1976 and is one of the top Democrats in Congress. As Chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Energy and Commerce Markey’s committee has held more than 70 hearings since 2007.

Congressman Stephen Lynch

The 9th District Representative has for the most part demurred when asked whether or not he’ll take a shot at running against Brown during next year’s race. An ‘independent thinker’ in the democratic party Lynch has come had to deal with complaints from his own party over his word choices and his votes since he was sworn-in in 2001. But, despite party bickering and a primary contest Lynch had a fairly easy re-election cycle in 2010 without wasting what could become a valuable war chest.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll

In an effort to combat the Governor’s unsure comments about her thoughts leading up to the 2012 race Driscoll has confirmed that she’s considering running. Driscoll is in her second year of her second term of Mayor of the historic town. During a Salem event in mid February Patrick was reported as saying he’d be excited to see Driscoll run for higher office, “..I’m a big Kim Driscoll fan. She’s a really inspired leader and a great friend. I’m interested to see what she decides.”

Still to come commentary on potential candidates City Year Founder Alan Khazei, Democratic activist Robert Massie,Former Romney Aide Robert Pozen, and Congressman Michael Capuano. Until then read more about the 2012 race in the National Journal, the American Spectator, the Boston Globe, and the Gloucester Times.

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