Markey Says He Won't Run for Kennedy Seat
By Paul Kane
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), the dean of his state's congressional delegation, has decided against running for the Senate seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy, leaving the field to two junior congressional colleagues and the state's attorney general.
In a statement, Markey said keeping the posts he has attained through 33 years in the House -- including a chairmanship of a energy policy subcommittee and a chairmanship of a special committee on global warming -- would best serve his state. "I can have the greatest impact on the issues facing the people of our state through my leadership positions in the House," he said.
Markey was the last big name to decide on the race since Kennedy's death Aug. 25. Attorney General Martha Coakley is in the race, as are U.S. Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). Markey, who has nearly $3 million already in his campaign account, and former representative Joseph Kennedy II, the late senator's nephew, were viewed as the highest profile potential contenders for the seat but both passed on the race.
Andrew Card, a Massachusetts native and former Bush White House chief of staff, is considering the race on the Republican side.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held Dec. 8, with the general election slated for Jan. 19.
The state legislature is considering a proposal that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) to make an interim appointment so the state can have two senators until voters select Kennedy's permanent replacement.
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September 11, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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