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. Dan

    The end of an Era has occurred for Massachusetts with Kennedy's death. Hopefully this will end bad politics in the state as well. The Kennedy's legacy is dirty politics, til the end.

    September 1, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    "Yes we can" will always defeat "no we wont",and losers that post rightwing lies for the money are lifes losers.

    September 1, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Bill

    I would like to see another Kennedy in that seat.

    September 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Proud Member..Party of No

    Another election so you know that the democrats are firing up their lying, cheating and stealing machine just like they do in every election.

    September 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Dan da Man

    Kennedy clowns, ha. Kennedy's legislative achievements included bills to provide health insurance for children of the working poor and legislation creating a Medicare prescription drug benefit for senior citizens. Kennedy has done more for healthcare in the state of MA than any Republican could ever dream of.

    September 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Alfred E. Neumann

    The question is why didn't she run years ago.

    This seat has been vacant for many years.

    By the way, another day and another CNN story on Sarah Palin – I guess they just need some red meat for the liberals on this web site.

    But every day?

    September 1, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. The Taylors

    What about Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?

    September 1, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    The last thing this nation needs is another Conservative Senator. Those people have blocked the nation from solving its most important problems for a century. Conservatism is a bogus philosophy. It has no goals. What it says is not what it does. What it does is done quietly behind closed doors while out in the open Conservative leaders are talking about flag-burning amendments, gay marriage, and the "Free" market. Conservative voters are suckers who have been conned by flim-flam artists in thousand dollar suits.

    September 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Please no more Kennedys!

    September 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Akin

    Joseph Kennedy has the votes to take Ted's seat. To allow coakley to run will be a great risk to democrat and poor people who depend solemnly on Ted to have a voice. We are waiting and watching for Joe to step into Ted's shoe and make the poor have a formidable voice again. Go Joe! Go Joe!! Go Joe!!! You cannot afford not to take the cloak where Ted left it.

    September 1, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. victim of republican greed

    Those who complain about socialism and are afraid probably have never attended a public school or university, received mail, served in the military, driven on an interstate highway, used a library, needed a policeman or fireman, paid into social security and medicare, visited a national park, flown in a plane, rode in a bus, etc.

    Do not be afraid.

    September 1, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Unfortunately, another limousine liberal is going to be senator from Massachusetts.

    Fellow Massachusetts voters – if you're going to be so close-minded to the Republican party, at least choose Lynch – a moderate democrat.

    September 1, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Ross, Chautauqua, NY

    We could have had Caroline Kennedy already in the US Senate if it wasn't for our totally incompetent governor, David Patterson, and his disgraceful choice of Kirsten Gillibrand, an NRA and big tobacco stooge! This NY Dem will never vote for either of them!

    September 1, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Please no more Kennedys.

    September 1, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. gary

    wow jay leno what a great choice would love to see him in the senate he is from masachuetts, it woul;d be great to see him put down harry reid, schummer and that other so called comedian franken with one liners.

    September 1, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Alan

    Just for the record - I'm PROUD to say I'm a liberal after watching the "conservatives" in office the past 10 years and how the "conservative" base acts today.

    But - because I have a brain, I also understand that not all liberals or Democrats are going to be the best choice.

    Still - though I am a moderate, I would today take ANY far-left liberal over most "moderate" "conservatives" because you never really know what you're getting with a "conservative" since lying is obviously so much a part of the party picture these days.

    September 1, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. yuri

    Like any other election, we hope to see an interesting and intriguing array of candidates w/ diverse opinions, to adorn the ballot, so the public will have to fish thru the list and vote for the best candidate.

    September 1, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. nea

    If the Democrats think any Republican is on their side forget it, The Republicans DONOT WANT HEALTH CARE REFORM and these are the excuse they use IT WILL INCREASE THE DEFICIT even though the President said he will not sign a bill thats not deficit neutral, PEOPLE DONT WANT IT yeah their supporters WE HAVE NOT READ THE BILL they had a whole month to read it,WE ARE NOT BEING INCLUDED when they had chances after chances. Now they want to scare the Democrats again by saying we are warning the democrats not to pass it alone. The republicans are wasting the Democrats time they dont want this. They want the President to fail and the democrats too.

    September 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Thomas

    The important thing is that MA follows the current law concerning the special election.

    Attempting to change the 2004 law will cause more harm than good.

    September 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Obama supporter

    Anyone but a Republican. Do not put a Repug in there.

    September 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. MT

    Have ACORN get those signatures for her, that ought to take a couple hours of going through the obits, immigration records and unions lists.

    Democrats you get what you pay for..... oh wait never mind the party of "hand-outs" never pays for anything. Its the rest of us conservatives that always pay your way.

    September 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. tad

    remember to vote - vote for the Kennedy of your choice - BUT VOTE

    September 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    She can come to and prosecute the Idiot that said this.
    "REXBURG, Idaho — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell says his remarks about buying hunting tags for President Barack Obama have been a boon to his campaign." And I would like to ask CNN why they aren't reporting on this. Why isn't secret service looking at this guy's background.

    September 1, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Gayle

    Fantastic! I was hoping Coakley would run. She's a straight up Law and Order Democrat. A good woman who will make a terrific candidate all the way around.

    September 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. john

    Joseph Kennedy would be an excellent and natural choice.

    September 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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