September 1st, 2009
02:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Massachusetts AG takes steps to run for Kennedy's seat

Coakley has picked up papers to run for Ted Kennedy's seat.
Coakley has picked up papers to run for Ted Kennedy's seat.

(CNN) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, has taken the first step to run for Ted Kennedy's empty Senate seat.

Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Secretary of State, confirms to CNN a representative for Coakley picked up nomination papers for the race earlier Tuesday. Coakley will now have to gather 10,000 signatures by October 20 to be eligible to run for the seat long held by Kennedy, who died last week.

Coakley is the first candidate on either side to officially pick up the nomination papers, but McNiff indicated he thinks other candidates might do so Tuesday as well.

"The day is young," he said.

The move comes one day after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick formally announced a special election to fill the seat will be held on January 19, 2010. Patrick also said Republican and Democratic primaries will be held December 8.

Several other Massachusetts Democrats have not ruled out running for the seat, including Kennedy's nephew former Rep. Joseph Kennedy, who reportedly has close to $1.8 million left over from his campaign fund when he was a member of Congress 10 years ago.

On the Republican side, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, businessman David Sukoff and State Sen. Scott Brown are reportedly interested in running.

A former district attorney, Coakley was elected attorney general in 2006.

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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Rush Goebbels

    Shes a great choice.We will get the Public Option so all Americans can have a choice.

    September 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On a nostalgic note, it'd be nice if Joseph Kennedy filled the post, if for no other reason than to keep the "Birther Righties" in their constant state of schizophrenia-induced apoplexia. Have a nice day!

    September 1, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I spend all day blogging, contribute nothing to society

    The sooner the people of MA lose their love affair with anything Kennedy, the better off they will be.

    September 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Sinking Fast

    Just what congress needs, another pelosi.

    September 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. lou

    Mitt Romney should run for the Senate from MA. He's already been their Governor and has proven he can win there. Why let another Democrat have the seat when it is so important to upset the lock they now have on America? Go Romney.

    He can always run for President later. Get the seat NOW.

    September 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Mark

    Public option so all Americans will be at war over out national debt. I love liberal no minds!

    September 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. NOKennedy's

    As long as it's NOT another kennedy, we have had enough of that bunch.

    September 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Jane

    There will be a battle for this seat and now is the time for change. It will be nice to have people actually having to run for office instead of thinking they are entitled to it due to their family name. That is unless the gov changes the rules to suit his desired party.

    September 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. KirksNoseHair

    She's a good choice. Actually any Democrat with a pulse is a good choice when compared to idiots like Romney.

    September 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Face reader in Texas

    Like a brand new day.Healthcare for All Americans and in every State.

    September 1, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Voted4HealthCare

    I was hoping for AG Coakley to enter the race. She would make an excellent US Senator for Massachusetts.

    September 1, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Hot

    Another Kennedy should TAKE THE SEAT.

    September 1, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi

    All I have to say to the people of MASS is how well has that STATE FUNDED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE option worked out for you?

    The state of MASS is near bankruptcy, and you Kennedy clowns want to bring the same to the nation.

    No Thank You.

    Quit trying to get others to pay for you.

    We're not a SOCIALIST nation. You like socialist countries, pack your bags and move to France.

    September 1, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. S Callahan New York

    Lets see if Mass. sets the stage for the cleansing of political leaders in the next local, state, and national election. I just smell some big changes in the air........BY THE PEOPLE...FOR THE PEOPLE, nothing less!

    September 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Jim

    I glad that the people of MA will be allowed to vote!!!

    September 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Rick CT

    Regardless of who's in the race, adhere to the lawful schedule noted above. Any attempt to change the law and appoint someone sooner will just show the Dems hypocracy.

    September 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. the cause endures..

    Mass voters: Please elect someone who embodies the spirit of Ted Kennedy.

    This nation needs Senators who CARE about PEOPLE!

    September 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Let the candidate parade begin

    The parade of candidates for Teddy K's seat is on -On the Democratic side, the possible candidates are Coakley, Lynch, Barney Frank, Joe K, Vicky K, Donald Duck, Jerry Remy, The Boston Strangler, and Mayor Mumbles. On the Republican side, Healey, Curt Schilling, Paul Tsongas, Malone, Nancy Kerrigan, Professor Gates, and Jay Leno.

    September 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. victim of republican greed

    I would like to remind those Mitt-wit spporters that he left office with a 34% approval rating in MA.

    September 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. rac

    It looks like a good short for Joe Kennedy and trust me you haven't seen the last of them. Like it or not they will remain in the political arena, because Mass and New York Democrates love them. As well as all liberals which includes Obama.

    September 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Jon in CA

    With Obama's approval at 45% and dropping.... "CHANGE" could come to Mass and they elect a CONSERVATIVE sentor!

    Although I truly believe there is a great chance of Jesus Christ's 2nd coming than Mass electing a GOP senator. They're almost as bad as CA.

    September 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    I may have to buy some of those magic BVDs that Romney wears to get this bill passed.

    September 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. TEH

    At least it's not another Kennedy.

    September 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. SAGG

    Liberals have just as much of a right to be liberals as conservatives do in being conservatives, rac, remember that...

    September 1, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Rafael

    Don't be surprised is the "princess" (Carolyn) wants to jump on the opportunity like she did in NY... despite her nil qualifications for the job. She has the last name though, and to her that is enough.

    September 1, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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