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Markey would consider making a run at Kerry's Senate seat

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 17, 2012 05:55 PM

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John Kerry would make a "great Secretary of State," US Representative Ed Markey said Monday, adding he would be tempted to run for Kerry's open seat in the Senate if the opportunity arises.

"When that announcement is made, I will seriously consider looking at it," Markey said Monday.

Markey, a Democrat from Malden, has served in the House of Representatives since 1976 and has often been rumored at making a run at the Senate.

In 1984, he campaigned for the Senate seat belonging to retiring Paul Tsongas, but dropped out before the primary. Kerry went on to win the election and has held the seat ever since.

Markey endorsed fellow Congressman Michael Capuano in the special election for Ted Kennedy's senate seat in 2010, which eventually went to Scott Brown. At the time, he said he chose not to run because he believed he could accomplish more with his seniority in the house.

Markey admitted his interest in the Senate seat following an event in Malden Monday, also attended by Attorney General Martha Coakley, who said she was focused on reelection, not making another run at the Senate, a race she lost to Brown in 2010.

"I'm very interested in being attorney general and running for reelection for attorney general," she said.

Markey's 7th House District includes Arlington, Belmont, Everett, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Revere, Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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