The late Sen. Edward Kennedy's son, Ted Kennedy Jr. (D), will not run for Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) seat if Kerry is confirmed as the next secretary of State. According to The Boston Globe, Kennedy Jr., who currently lives in CT, doesn't want to uproot his family, doesn't feel good about moving to MA to run for a seat outside of his current home state, and may one day seek office in CT.
CNN reports the Kennedy kin gave serious consideration to a Senate bid in MA. "He really wants to run," said a family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "He just thinks this isn't the way to do it. Uprooting his family right now doesn't make sense."
His decision opens up the field for several Democrats who are considering running in the special election should Kerry be confirmed as the next secretary of state. Democrats, nationally and in the Bay State, would have rallied around Kennedy's candidacy in terms of financial and campaign support.
Democrats said to be looking at Kerry's seat include Reps. Michael Capuano and Ed Markey, among others. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who lost re-election in November, would be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination if he chose to run again.
Via The Boston Globe and CNN.