Lynch Pulls Papers So He Can Make Senate Bid

Posted September 4, 2009 at 11:38am

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) picked up the necessary paperwork Friday to run for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) seat.

A spokesman for the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office confirmed a Lynch aide picked up the paperwork, following in the footsteps of state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), who announced Thursday that she would run in the special election.

Several other Members of Congress are also interested in running but have not made any official announcements or filed the necessary paperwork. Democratic Reps. Mike Capuano, Ed Markey and John Tierney are still thinking about running, plus former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), the late Senator’s nephew, is also expected to make an announcement soon about his plans.

The special primary is scheduled for Dec. 8, followed by the general election on Jan. 19. In the meantime, state lawmakers are working to pass legislation that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to appoint an interim Senator.

Several Republicans are also thinking about running. State Sen. Scott Brown (R) told a local radio station Friday morning that he plans to announce his bid Tuesday.

Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card has expressed interest to several local and national Republicans, and former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling has said he is also considering a bid.