September 4th, 2009
02:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Lynch takes steps to run for Kennedy seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Stephen Lynch has obtained the necessary paperwork to run for Senate."](CNN) - Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat, obtained the necessary paperwork Friday to run for the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, according the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office.

Lynch's move comes a day after Democrat Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general, officially kicked off her campaign for the seat. A primary election has been set for December 8 while the general election will be held on January 19.

Lynch, whose district includes Boston's southern suburbs, has served in Congress since 2001. Before that he spent close to a decade in the Massachusetts House and Senate.

Filed under: Ted Kennedy
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. lou

    Mitt Romney should run for this seat. He's the one to beat all comers and is proven in Mass. The publicity would be good for him in that he will have broken the Kennedy stronghold that has strangled America for 30 years AND he can still run for President if he wants to..

    September 4, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Since we here in MA are going to be stuck with yet another democratic senator, we might as well get Lynch. He's at least somewhat moderate.

    September 4, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. rr

    They better pray Joe Kennedy doesn't run because the Kennedy subjects will coronate him Senator. Has a Kennedy ever lost in Massachusettes?

    They'd vote for a Kennedy even if he was in a vegetative state.

    September 4, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. zago

    For the MAN who TED was, this gentleman's name appears extremely scary: "Lynch" ... hmmm!

    September 4, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Larry of Boston

    Lynch's health care reform platform: "Tuesday is Soylent Green Day"

    September 4, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    You're a mean one, Mr. Lynch...

    September 4, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Please,lets not have anymore people from the defective inbred gene pool,that was the british empire,just look at what they have done to both parties and the fringe nuts on both sides.

    September 4, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want to see Joseph Kennedy run.

    September 4, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Alfred E. Neumann

    There we go, another career politician!

    Make sure he can drive.

    September 4, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Jg

    The reason why we in Massachusetts would vote for a Kennedy in a vegetative state is because that Vegetative Kennedy would still have more brain power, decency and common sense than any Republican.

    September 4, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Joe Kennedy would have my support. To conservatives who cite his verbal "clumsiness", I say have you ever heard of Rep. Michele Bachmann?

    September 4, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Never Repub again

    If you are fed up as I am with obstructionisms then donate to the DNC, and SOON. We cannot allow big biz to continue to run this nation. This is a nation of people not corporations.

    Republicans dont love America.......... Only Money.

    September 4, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Taylor B1

    Hilarious that anyone could imagine Romney either running or being elected to anything from Massachusetts again. If Lynch and one or two other Dem men run, it will pretty well give the nomnation to Coakley, who has fewer ties to the Dem establishment. Marty Meehan would be the best of those who have been mentioned, but he seems very content with his University job. Anyone who imagines that a GOP will be elected to this seat is just enaging in some version of fantasy political football.

    September 4, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. victim of republican greed

    Mitt Romney had a 34% approval rating when he left office.

    September 4, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Boston Mike

    This man is a fake Democrat. I am a Boston resident and voter, and he would NEVER have my support. Republican Light Lynch needs to step aside and let a real Democrat, who will embody the values of the late Senator, win this seat!

    September 4, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. george from alaska

    good for him. we need more democrats because republicans have far too many bathroom stall foot tappers.

    September 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Ramoth

    There should BE NO election, nor argument, of whom fills this Seat.

    Kennedy HIMSELF, stated within his Last Will and Testament that he wanted the Governor to appoint his successor!

    End of argument!

    September 4, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Let's see... Staunch Republicans will want a Republican, stubborn Democrats will want a Democrat but a real American would want someone who doesn't vote based on their party's interest, but to the interest of the people.

    And by real American, I don't mean an Independant...that's just political jargon for insecure.

    I'm talking about someone with no interest in their pockets, no one pulling the strings, no one spinning lies into "truth."

    Anyone, and I mean anyone who knows the answer before they read the issue is brain dead and no help to our political process while also slowing the evolution and collective intelligence of Americans.

    I hope you well-adjusted, politically aligned adults are proud of yourselves. Your kids have better reasoning and manners.

    September 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. farhorizons

    Lynch has spent too much of his life in politics. It's time for a normal human being to represent the people of Massachusetts. The "expert" legislators aren't doing a very good job.

    September 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to lou:

    What a brilliant post! Just what America needs now, another Republican "businessman" to run the country – that last one was brilliant!!!
    "They'd vote for a Kennedy even if he was in a vegetative state." – per rr:

    I don't think so, the last eight years vindicate me on that!

    "Make sure he can drive." – per Alfred E. Neumann

    Or take a friend hunting while drinking, maybe?

    September 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. scooter

    to Ramouth it is not the end of story. so what if thats what he asked for in his last testament. 4 yrs before he is the one who wanted to change the laws in Mass. he got his wish then by reading many posts latly I see a real need for many of these so called political experts to go back and read on how American laws work.

    September 4, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    For someone to ask liberals to donate money to liberal groups (DNC and Moveon) and then accuse the GOP of being only interested in money smacks of hypocrisy in the first degree. Liberals don't love money? Rangel, Geithner, Daschel, Killifer, and many other liberals had/have tax issues. I guess they just didn't want to share the love! But the sole problems are the GOP? Simply laughable!

    September 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Pete

    Martha Coakley is also running.

    September 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "Kennedy HIMSELF, stated within his Last Will and Testament that he wanted the Governor to appoint his successor!

    End of argument!"

    Sorry... Massachusetts law trumps Kennedy's last will and testament... but keep trying.

    September 4, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. george from alaska

    yea, i spent some time in ohio and yes it will make anyone brain dead to be there more than 15 minutes. must be all those chemicals. they are definitely dumber than a post there...and about as useful as teats on a bull...

    September 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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