State must hold special election to replace Moakley
By Associated Press, 05/28/01
BOSTON -- The death of longtime congressman J. Joseph Moakley Monday is expected to set off a crowded scramble for his seat.
US Rep. J. Joseph Moakley
Born: April 27th, 1927
Died: May 28th, 2001
Education: Attended University of Miami, 1950-51; Suffolk University, JD, 1956
Experience: Navy, 1943-46; Massachusetts House, 1953-63; Massachusetts Senate, 1965-71; Boston City Council, 1971-73; US House of Representatives, 9th District, 1972-2001.
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Acting Gov. Jane Swift, a Republican, must call a special election when a congressional seat becomes vacant, and has discretion on when to call it.
Swift, on maternity leave at her Williamstown home after the birth of twin daughters earlier this month, had not given the matter any thought Monday, spokesman Jason Kauppi said. "She'll do so at an appropriate time," he said.
The potential candidates for Moakley's seat have largely remained quiet on the issue out of respect for his condition.
But at least three state senators have made exploratory steps, including Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from the same Boston neighborhood as Moakley.
State Sen. Brian Joyce, D-Milton, has already filed papers with the Federal Elections Committee to explore a run, and Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, also announced his candidacy after meeting with Moakley.
Other potential candidates are former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, who lost a previous congressional bid, and Max Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who recently bought a house in the district. Both are Democrats.
The open race gives Republicans a shot at breaking the Democratic Party's lock on the state's congressional delegation. A potential GOP candidate is former talk show host Janet Jeghelian, who lost to Moakley in 2000.
The heavily Democratic 9th district includes much of the city of Boston as well as suburbs to the west and south.
Moakley, who died at age 74 from complications from leukemia, did not endorse any possible successors before his death.
"I don't want to make any choices. There are a lot of good candidates in the fight," he said in March, shortly after President Bush signed a bill into law officially naming the courthouse in Boston the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.