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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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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Good decision. The last thing that we need in the Senate is another self-appointed energy expert. This is the twit who pushed longer Daylight Savings Time through the Congress, a hare-brained scheme that has been demonstrated to consume more, not less, energy. And, if he really wants to contribute to reducing global warming, he could keep his big yap shut and lower hot air emissions.

Posted by: hisroc | September 11, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOD for small favors; Markey was Senator that would be a joke.What have you done for Massachusetts in 33 years?????????
Thanks for the cable reform.Thanks for the day light savings blunder.Thanks for the Cap and Trade Bill.Thank for NOTHING,But in your 33 years living off the tax payers you have done pretty dam good for your self

Posted by: cj362810 | September 14, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks it's always nice to here from Howie Carr Clones. Keep drinking his Kool Aid. Now for someone who lives and works in Markey's district. I know him to be an honest hardworking congressman one that will respond to major and minor concerns from ALL the people in his district. I was hoping that he would run for Senate because the Senate could definitely use someone as smart and honest as Markey.

Posted by: rocco456 | September 18, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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