Democrats are trying to make sure they don't blow another Senate race in MA. With Sen. John Kerry likely to become secretary of state soon, Rep. Ed Markey is the first Democrat join the fray for Kerry's seat. And Markey's already picked up the endorsement of Kerry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Vicki Kennedy, widow of liberal icon Ted Kennedy.
Markey, a congressman since November 1976, is clearly trying to box out potential rivals for the Democratic nominating. That includes fellow Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. GOP Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his 2012 reelection bid and leaves office after next week, is expected to run.
Brown's February 2010 victory is still a sore point for Democrats. State Attorney General Martha Coakley fumbled away a win for Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat with an inept campaign.
Tweeted liberal journalist Ben Adler (@badler), "coakley's experience shows brown is a formidable campaigner. but markey is obviously a very different candidate than coakley was."
And Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) of TIME and MSNBC put it this way: "John Kerry's support for Senate for Ed Markey (who has $3 million in the bank) COULD effectively clear the field."