By Susan Milligan, Globe staff
WASHINGTON -- Representative Michael Capuano is definitely running for the US Senate seat vacated by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, saying he is the only ``progressive'' in the current field who could continue the legendary senator's agenda.
``I'm doing it,'' Capuano told the Globe in an interview today off the House floor.
Capuano strongly signaled on Tuesday that he would run, obtaining his nomination papers and promising an announcement next week.
The Somerville Democrat said he wanted to ``make sure that my view of this is shared by others whose opinion I respect,'' and that ``so far, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.''
``At the moment, I'm the only progressive'' running for the seat, and the one best able to carry on Kennedy's liberal tradition in the Senate, he said.
Capuano described Attorney General Martha Coakley as ``the favorite'' in the Democratic primary, but said he has ``never been the favorite'' in his campaigns. With $1.2 million in his campaign chest, Capuano said he will have enough cash to run a strong campaign, but added that money would not decide the winner in the race.
``I want to be anointed. I don't think that will happen,'' he quipped.
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