September 15th, 2009
12:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Lynch decides against run for Kennedy seat

Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch announced  Tuesday he will forgo a run for Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted  Kennedy.
Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch announced Tuesday he will forgo a run for Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

(CNN) – Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch announced Tuesday he will forgo a run for the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

In a statement, the four-term congressman said he is unable to build the necessary campaign infrastructure ahead of the December 8th Democratic primary.

"The challenge of putting together the resources and organization necessary to wage a competitive statewide campaign in less than 90 days is insurmountable," he said in the statement. "I have been given a huge honor and responsibility by the families of the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. I will continue to try to live up to their highest expectations.”

Lynch’s decision comes a week after he signaled that he would run for the seat - pulling the necessary paperwork to launch a campaign.

He is only the latest in a string of Massachusetts Democrats who have recently announced that they will not run for the seat held by Kennedy for more than four decades.

Reps. John Tierney and Edward Markey both said they would not run, as did former Reps. Marty Meehan and Joseph Kennedy, Jr., the late senator's nephew. Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Capuano has obtained the necessary paperwork, but has yet to say if he will run.

Only the state's attorney general, Martha Coakley, has formally launched a campaign for the seat.

On the Republican side, former Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card briefly flirted with the possibility of launching a bid, but ultimately declined. State Sen. Scott Brown has officially jumped into the race and is considered the frontrunner for the party's nomination.

The general election will be held on January 19.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Di

    I'm sure the Kennedy family will find someone with their same agenda to support. As long as he or she votes their way!

    September 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. IndyVoter

    Would have a hard time voting for anyone whose last name is Lynch.

    September 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Now he can devote his time to figuring out how to resume funneling YOUR money to ACORN.

    September 15, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Sam Sixpack

    Now he can spend his time explaining how, after you have paid all you can "afford" to fat, greedy insurance execs, you are going to be able to pay the huge deductable necissary to actually recieve any health care.

    September 15, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    Now he will have time to work on an answer for what Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama's Special Advisor for Health Policy, meant when he wrote, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    September 15, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Maybe now he will have time to explain why ACORN was given YOUR tax dollars to instruct people on how to commit mortgage fraud, income tax fraud and statutory rape.

    September 15, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. SLM

    Appears nobody wants Teds seat..............what's up with that?

    September 15, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    Interesting.... "he is unable to build the necessary campaign infrastructure ahead of the December 8th Democratic primary"...... must mean he doesnt have the backing of the unions, ACORN, and the Kennedys.

    September 15, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. tippy

    Another one payed off by the family time to elect someone other then a democrat

    September 15, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. diridi

    Linch will loose...no doubt....

    September 15, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Idiot_Pelosi

    Yeah, how's that MASS State Budget doing?

    September 15, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. bob in LA

    What's wrong with that "seat"? Don;t they know is would come with a new chair?
    Yuo would think that it would be a plumb opportunity. Whoever gets it will have a lot of press coverage for many months to come.
    Of course everytime their name was mentioned it would read... Senator Joe blow of Mass- the holder of the former seat held by Ted Kennedy.

    September 15, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |