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Stephen Lynch announced today that he's throwing his hat into the ring for John Kerry's senate seat:
US Representative Stephen F. Lynch said this afternoon that he hasn’t yet made up his mind about running for the US Senate in the special election to fill John F. Kerry’s seat. Just a day earlier, the strong message from the Lynch camp was that he would definitely be announcing his campaign next week.
The Globe and other news outlets reported today that he was running for the seat. The Globe story was based on interviews with people who had direct knowledge of Lynch’s decision making.
If he decides to run, Lynch will make the announcement within several days after Kerry’s expected confirmation as President Obama’s secretary of state, those people said.
A recent poll showed Markey leading Lynch in a direct match-up by about 10 points. That survey was commissioned by the National Association of Government Employees, a major union that typically backs Democrats, and conducted by Massachusetts pollster David Paleologos.
The same poll showed former senator Scott Brown leading Markey in a potential match up, 49 percent to 39 percent. In a theoretical Brown-Lynch race, Brown would lead Lynch 42 percent to 33 percent.
Just this morning I found an email address for the volunteer coordinator for Ed Markey - I emailed and received a reply asking me to check back in next week. This news should light a fire under the campaign team!
Ed Markey is the clear progressive in this race - Lynch is anti-choice, and he voted against the ACA. Markey has been out front on energy issues since the seventies, my daughter and I attended a climate change hearing he hosted in December, here's a few videos of his opening remarks at that event: