September 1st, 2009
02:24 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. doug

    Hey, I got a great idea. Why not vote for another democrat! That worked out well so far.

    September 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. GIO

    Please elect ANOTHER KENNEDY from Mass. so you can remain the most screwed up state in the union. Just knowing that Joe has $1.8 million in his campaign fund account from a race TEN YEARS AGO should say something about the family

    September 1, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    Joe Kennedy could have this if he wanted it. First, the name, he is a Kennedy, that's P.R.O.M royalty. Second, his Joe for oil thing with Hugo gives him a liberal Democrat icon partner. The value of Hugo Chavez making stump speeches for him is immense in a state as liberal as taxachusetts. It is debatable at this point, who has more power to rally the Democrats, Obama or Chavez, in reality, from their ideology to the way they handle their opposition, they are one in the same. In the end you just have to prove that you are dishonest, filled with hate, and wish harm to your opposition, this makes the average Democrat feel you are one of them.

    September 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Me Kennedy

    If I change my last name to "Kennedy," does that mean that I can be a senator?

    If elected, I promise to the people of Mass. that I will enjoy all of my elite, inherited, golden spoon (silver is not good enough for Kennedy's) privileges- while I continue "I care for the poor people, as long as I don't have to give them my surplus of money, or God forbid live near them" policies.

    you want Kennedy, I'll give you Kennedy!! Deal???

    September 1, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. babs in cali

    Whoever wins this seat, I hope they will push for a public option. Health care for ALL!

    September 1, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Dannygirl

    I totally support this! you go girl!

    September 1, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    All of you Repubs who think there is a snowball's chance in Hades that a Repub will take Senator Kennedy's seat, I have one thing to say to you


    September 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Matt in Minneapolis

    lets just put a clinton on the's what NYC did.

    oh and it's nice of them to change the law back now that it's a dem who's governor. This just reeks of hypocracy. You want to change the law depending on who's governor? Be my guest, but don't expect any sympathy from me when you have to change it again and again.

    September 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Liberal plan: keep the 60 dems in the senate no matter what it takes, even if shady and underhanded. Then ram through Obamacare with the Public Option. Finally, when the nation goes belly-up like Massachusetts and California, Blame Bush.

    September 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Joe Fattal

    Care less who becomes the next senator of Massachussets, but whoever it is he needs not to against his or her own `constituency when come next presidential election. Kennedy decided to go against his own voters and decided to give his delegates to Obama rather than Hillary Clinton after she has won the state of Massachussets. Dirty politics indeed.

    September 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Bubba

    Unless Martha Coakley has the blessings of the Kennedys, she might as well forget running. The Kennedy mafia will continue to control Massachusetts, until the citizens get smart enough to pronounce the letter "R."

    September 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Frank

    Another Kennedy would be OK but if not, a solid established man or woman (White,Black, Oriental, Native American or other) from the Democratic Party with Progressive ideas Social, Healthcare, Energy Policy and Conservative ideas on Economic Policy with would be just great!!

    As long it isn't another narrow-minded Republican politician with lobbyist ties who is against reforming the Healthcare system or any other progressive 21st century ideas.

    September 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. marzxyz

    One thing is for certain: nobody will ever fill Ted's shoes.

    September 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. john

    I have no opinion on her but I think a Kennedy will be a good choice!

    September 1, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Mike Jones

    I'm surprised they even buried Senator Kennedy. I would have thought they would have given Teddy the position for eternity. Just pass legislation in the Mass. State house giving permission for a corpse to hold that position.

    September 1, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Good to see the circus is back in town. After the Blago/Burris circus, I can't wait for the Kennedy circus.

    September 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Pepou

    Great Choice.

    September 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Hugo

    Surprise, another lawyer bureaucrat to replace a lifer lawyer bureaucrat! The true meaning of HOPE and CHANGE!


    September 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Classy 57

    Just what we need - an appointment by a governor to the Senate for five months - another state without true representation in the Senate. This seat should sit vacant until the general election and then let the voters decide - if they want another Kennedy, to keep the dynasty active in Massachusetts, then so be it. But maybe they realize it's time for a change - for all the "good" and all the "public works" jobs he brought to the state, it is still a state with outrageous living expenses and taxes!!!! Maybe it's time for a change ya' think?

    September 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. What a Joke!

    I just find it hilarious that republicans think that giving tax breaks to the rich isn't considered socialism?! what small brained idiots! Go shove the word socialism and your hateful ways up your you know what!

    September 1, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    'YES WE CAN"....

    More than triple the 8yr Bush deficit in 7 months......

    Waste tax payer dollars with PORK in the Stimulus bill after someone promised to stop Pork!

    Watch UNEMPLOYMENT rise after the above PORKULUS bill

    Watch the wastful GOVT takeover of failing car companies (GM. Chyrsler) while others Ford, Toyota, Honda, etc survive on their own.

    Watch a useless HealthCare Reform Bill that doesn't address reforming "out of control" lawsuits, illegals, etc. while driving up tax costs (ie, MORE TAXES) with less quality

    Watch Obummer waste time on whether we should or should not have waterboarded a terrorists who doesn't deserve any rights and should have been SHOT by now.

    Oh yeah, YES WE CAN screw up this country with OBAMA, REID, PELOSI, FRANK, SCHUMMER......

    September 1, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. MJ

    So the change Congress made, by Democrats, to delay the process of installing a new Senator is bitting them in the butt. Not to worry .. Democrats will change the laws to suit them – once again.

    September 1, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Bill

    Please not Mitt Romney or Kerry Healey – first they were liberals who congratulated the LGBT movement, supported the State assembly motion on legalizing same sex marriage, and upheld Roe vs. Wade until Romney ran the WH primaries at which point these New Englanders had to appease the southern conservative base and they were both suddenly pro-life and anti-gay. Healey had no forward ideas but ran ads calling Deval Patrick's legal career 'pro-criminal'. It was later revealed her husband benefitted preferential investment deals.

    September 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. wade walker

    To get elected to Ted Kennedys seat it will take someone like him that supports welfare receipeants. That is all he was ever for, more programs and welfare for people who will not work. Just more for the working folks to support. The welfare receipeants of his state are the ones who kept him in office. Take note he could not win the presidental race, that shows how well he was liked nationally. It's a shame that he didn't get to test the health care plan that he and Obama is trying to pass. No he tried every treatment that was available on the planet. Just because he was a Kennedy and a senator has not been a good thing for America.

    September 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Jessie

    For you idiots who are speaking out of your rear end, get the facts. Ted Kennedy has done so much! He had cared so much and had helped many. You simpletons who just love to blab, can say what you want, but the facts are the facts and Kennedy was a great senator. Accept it!

    September 1, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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