It's not a Kennedy seat anymore.
Joe Kennedy ended a political epoch today when he declined to run for the Senate seat held by his uncles Ted and Jack. (read his statement below)
One era ends, another begins. AG Martha Coakley is now the frontrunner. It's probably hers to lose, even though Ed Markey may be tempted to jump in now that Kennedy is out of the way. Passing cap and trade out of the House earlier this summer was a high point in his legislative career. But it's not going anywhere in the Senate this year. Might he calculate that he can help more in the Senate next year than by staying in the House?
My colleague David Chalian has more:
Former Rep. Joe Kennedy announced his decision today to stay at Citizens Energy and opt out of returning to elected office, saying: "My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office."
"After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation," said the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
This means we are not likely to see anyone with the name Kennedy seek to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in the US Senate.
Let the Democratic flood gates open. Some MA Dems have already announced their candidacies, others are likely to do so in the near future now that the Kennedy intentions are clear.
A likely crowded and competitive Democratic primary is scheduled for December 8.
When the MA legislature convenes this week, the issue of changing the law to allow for an interim appointment will get consideration.
Statement from Citizens Energy President & Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II
September 7, 2009
I want to thank the millions of Americans who have expressed their love and admiration for Senator Kennedy over the last few weeks. It was very moving to see so many people come out to pay their respects to a man who fought so hard to make this world a better place, especially for those struggling for life's basic needs – a decent home, a living wage, a safe neighborhood, their daily bread, a good education, and access to health care.
Given all that my uncle accomplished, it was only natural to consider getting back involved in public office, and I appreciate all the calls of support and friendship that have poured in.
My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office. After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation.
Our efforts cover a broad array of the challenges facing this country – to heat the homes of the poor, install energy-savings technologies to cut costs for homeowners and businesses, build wind farms throughout the United States and Canada to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and construct transmission lines to carry new sources of renewable energy.
Over 30 years after starting the company, there is much yet to be accomplished at Citizens Energy, and I continue to be committed to our mission of making life's basic needs more affordable.