Representative Michael Capuano stuck a big toe into the testing waters today for the race to replace Edward M. Kennedy in the Senate.
He obtained nomination papers and said he would make a formal announcement next week. And he grabbed tightly onto Kennedy's legacy.
"I believe that the voters of Massachusetts want to continue the progressive ideals that Senator Ted Kennedy fought for during his decades of service," the Somerville Democrat said in a statement. "
"No other candidate being mentioned or already announced more closely mirrors Ted Kennedy's positions on important issues of war and peace. Today I obtained nomination papers for the vacant U.S. Senate seat as the next step toward making a decision regarding candidacy. I will make a formal announcement next week."
Meanwhile, former Representative Marty Meehan, the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said today he would not run for the seat.
"After careful consideration … I've decided not to run for the US Senate at this time," he told the Globe. "I'm fortunate to be leading a remarkable university that I love and I just don't want to walk away."
Attorney General Martha Coakley is already officially pursuing the Democratic nomination, and with the announcement on Monday that Joseph P. Kennedy II would not run, others are likely to get in the race.
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