Too Funny only in Mass. With Mass's uncontrollable love for anything Kennedy there is new talk about getting Teddy K Jr. to run for Kerry's Seat. Mass Dem's see no problem even though he lives in CT and Works in NY.
Another Ted Kennedy in the Senate?
By: Emily Schultheis
December 20, 2012 04:42 AM EST
Could Massachusetts get another Ted Kennedy in the Senate?
Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, would instantly be the leading Democratic candidate in the special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, assuming heâs nominated as secretary of state.
Massachusetts insiders say Kennedy would be well-positioned to clear the field in a Democratic primary if he were to enter a special election to replace Kerry. But whether the investment banker chooses to run is still an open question.
Its no secret that Ted is interested in entering politics after a long and successful career as a disability rights advocate and businessman,â a Ted Kennedy friend and adviser told POLITICOâs Playbook on Wednesday. Numerous people in Massachusetts have reached out to him to ask him to consider running for office there, and if Sen. Kerry is nominated to a Cabinet post, itâs fair to say that he will be giving this very serious consideration.
Kennedyâs name is just one of a handful that comes up on the Democratic side for the Kerry seat: Massachusetts Reps. Michael Capuano, Ed Markey, William Keating and Stephen Lynch are often mentioned as potential candidates should Kerry be nominated to replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Despite the Bay Stateâs overwhelmingly Democratic politics, Kennedy would not be a shoo-in to win since current Sen. Scott Brown is also expected to run on the GOP side. Brown was defeated in the November 2012 election by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who will take the reins in January.
But Democratic strategists in the state say Kennedy, the 51-year-old investment banker and lawyer who serves as the president of a New York-based financial-services company, would enter the race ahead of any of his Democratic challengers if he chose to do so.
With Ted Kennedy, people will look at [him] as sort of a candidate that will clear the field,â said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson. âI just donât know how real that prospect is.
Calls made by POLITICO on Wednesday to the Marwood Group, Kennedy's financial-services company, were not returned.
Massachusetts law calls for a special election no less than 145 days and no more than 160 days after a vacancy occurs, with a primary six weeks earlier. In this case, a special primary would most likely be held in spring 2013.
In the meantime, Gov. Deval Patrick can appoint a successor to Kerry, most likely a placeholder who pledges not to run in the special election. In 2009, Patrick appointed Paul Kirk, a longtime aide to Ted Kennedy who served until Brown took office.
One difficulty for Kennedy would be that he lives in Connecticut â in order to run for the seat, heâd need to reestablish residency in Massachusetts, where he was born and spent some time as a youth.
I don't think there's any doubt that Ted has a long connection to the state of Massachusetts, said Democratic strategist Tad Devine.
On the Republican side, Brown is still deciding whether heâll run again. The campaign would be the outgoing senatorâs third in as many years, and he lost to Warren by 8 points just last month.
Democratic strategist Matt MacWilliams said the Democratic nomination would be Kennedy's if he runs, given the influence the Kennedy name and network still has in Massachusetts.
I think it's his to win if he wants it, frankly, MacWilliams said. The [Kennedy] name is still magic here and he'd do really, really well.
MacWilliams added that Kennedy's name ID would give him a huge advantage over the other Democratic candidates who are considering jumping in, many of whom are less known outside their own districts or regions of the state.
"if you look at the other names that are bandied about, they're just not that well-known in the state," he said. "Kennedy obviously starts out with a real name ID and resonance. I assume he'd have the support of the Kennedy clan, including Sen. Kennedy"s wife, so that would be pretty hard to beat."
Devine, too, stressed the long history of Kennedy involvement in Massachusetts politics and public service.
"I know Ted Jr. and I knew his dad, [whom] I worked for, and he'd certainly be a fantastic candidate for Senate if he was going to do something like that, particularly in a state where his father and other members of his family have served so well, so ably and for such a long time," Devine said.
Still, he added, he hadnât heard anything to suggest Kennedy was definitively leaning toward running at this point.
"This is the first Iâve heard of it," he said.
Up against another well-known pol like Brown in the general election, however, Kennedy would not necessarily be a sure thing â especially since special election turnout tends to be lower, and less strongly Democratic, than in general elections.
"[Brown] is the only one who could possibly win on the Republican side," Ferson said. "Another Republican is going to be less popular than Scott Brown and also still have the âRâ after their name.
Analysts say discussion of the race is premature since no announcements will be made until after Kerry's likely Cabinet nomination is announced.
"It's too soon to tell; I think right now, everybodyâs in until theyâre not," Ferson said. "Obviously, no one's going to say anything until Kerry gets nominated, but then I think people will move pretty quickly.