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. Len Smith

    The state needs a Senator of the United States, that thinks about all the people in the country. House members are not inclined to think about all the people. What Mass. needs is someone of the stature of Senator Kennedy, who without doubt will go down in history as one of the best sentors ever.

    September 4, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Meese

    Who cares. What does Mass add to our country other than history – not much. It is a leader as a debtor state and consistent political corruption.

    September 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    I continue to be amazed that CNN lets right wingnuts call Obama and democrats 'communists', but refuse to post that these same right wing nuts are acting exactly like Sen. McCarthy 60 years ago.

    September 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Lance

    Lynch is a small fish in a big sea, without enough federal experience to be a Senator from a state as populated and important as Massachusetts.

    September 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Tim


    I don't care what that murderous drunkards will said. It can't override the constitution, you liberal bafoon!!!!

    September 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Deuce


    September 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. No one famous

    Ramoth September 4th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

    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!

    Ramoth – are you stupid or ignorant or both. It is NOT his seat to will! It belongs to the people and they ELECT a person to fill it. Grow up and learn something about out form of government!

    September 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |

    It is not 'Kennedy's Seat" it was the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' seat!

    September 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. leticia

    There should be four disqualifiers for this office:
    1. You should never have drowned a women.
    2. You should not have rotting teeth.
    3. You should not be suspected of rape.
    4. Your liver should not be eat out with Cutty Sark.

    This would at least rule out any of the Kennedys.

    September 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Peter

    Fair is Fair:

    I got a good laugh reading your post. I needed that...

    September 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Squawkers have blathered for years about an "exit strategy."

    I'm announcing we have an exit strategy ready to go, and the first steps involve you, the voter, dumping your incumbent house or senate occupant in the primary elections in the new year.

    If you're Dem or Rep, doesn't matter, just vote for your party's primary challenger. Anything more than two terms is too many... send your incumbent packing.

    Then, "Exit Strategy" D-Day is Nov. 2, 2010, when this nation elects 100% NEW FACES, Dem and Rep, to the House and 1/3 to the Senate.

    Then the culmination of the Exit Strategy... Immediate Constitutional Amendments for:
    – Congressional Term Limits
    – Balanced Budgets (that cannot be balanced through tax hikes)
    – 28th Amendment to overturn the 17th Amendment, and return the election of Senators BACK to state houses where it was originally intended as a "states' check" on the federal government
    – 29th Amendment to require "one issue, one bill" in House and Senate to end the dangerous Omnibus bill pandora's box.
    – 30th Amendment to mandate EVERY bill prominently feature the explicit clause/amendment/section of the constition that grants the Congress the Constitional Authority to do whatever it is the bill proposes. If they can't state, "By the authority vested in Article Blah Blah Blah, Section Blah Blah Blah..." then the bill DOES NOT EXIST.
    – 31st Amendment to outlaw ANY executive branch official ("czar") that is NOT a Congressionally-approved cabinet secretary – translation "No More Ultraconstitutional Czars"

    September 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Jennel, MO

    The bottom line is the majority of Americans think something should be done about healthcare. That something is the total domination by the insurance companies.

    President Obama is right and I hope that he will stand up to the the Demogog Republicans and tell them to take a long walk off a short pier.

    September 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. CCB

    I remember Lynch attending Boston Housing Authority events. The elderly and disabled loved him. He understands the struggles of low to very low income individuals and families.

    September 4, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Bunksplace

    I'd want someone who's for the people and not CEO's of big corporations raking in obscene profits! However, never under estimate the stupidity of the American people to vote for the likes of a Michelle Bachmann or Joe Lieberman!!!!!

    September 4, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. jean

    Lou is your last name Dobbs by any mean? Similarly to Lou Dobbs, you make absolutely no sense. You do not speak for the majority of citizens of Mass when you tout Mitt Romney. That Mormon or is it moron and his scary ideology needs to crawl back into the woods from which he came. Ted Kennedy has some pretty big shoes to fit. In fact, the Senator who takes his place just may need boots. We really need someone with a compassionate heart for the less fortunate. Another Kennedy would best serve the position.

    September 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    If you 'promise' to support the Public Plan, you will deserve my support.

    Romney would have been a good candidate, but I don't think he is interested.

    September 4, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Hugo

    I wonder why none of these people after a Senate seat are just plain old hard working people that actually achieved in and understand our free capitalist market. Instead everyone noted so far is a life time tax sucking bureaucrat that has "given their all representing their constituents in public service" barf, puke!

    It isn't gonna get fixed by keeping the flies on the pile!

    September 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Paula From Canada

    I am sure you moderators will not publish this..but I have been reading and watching with horror the hate speak generating from some citizens of the U.S. against their President. I cannot believe the mess your country is in morally, spiritually.. you should be ashamed. President Obama is the only slice of hope you people have seen since Bobby Kennedy..and you speak treason and murder.. I am SO glad I live in a country where hate mongering is not accepted as free speech. You right wing nuts are a disgrace.. a disgrace. An uoproar over Obama speaking to children about responsibility.. my God in heaven.. who would ever want that. You are so filled with hate you are seething in it.. shame double shame.
    No wonder the world looks upon you nut jobs with distain, yet loves your President.. you are racist and obsessed with killing a good man, a father and husband, a native son. Have mercy on us all.

    September 4, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. AJ

    Why doesn't Joe run and put an end to it once and for all. He is the best person to continue his uncle's legacy.

    September 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Paula

    Bobby Kennedy Jr. or Joesph Kennedy should run.. except the HATER climate in the U.S. is at an all time high.. so if they do run God protect them. I have not witnessed this much hate since the racial riots of the 1960's.. your country is in a deep trouble people.. it is time Obama started standing up to you haters.. take off your white hoods and your hate and use your "wing nut brains" for once..

    September 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. diridi

    do not vote for none of these idiotic GOP republican idiots...

    September 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. sandra

    You Boston ppl who just want Kennedys running things....why can't you move on?? They have no royal right to govern. Their ideas aren't better than other people's. It seems like a sickness to me and I hope, one of these days, you realize the name 'Kennedy' does not change or improve anything!

    September 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Michael

    I'm happy to see people starting to campaign for Kennedy's seat. What I'm not happy about is the DNC's choice to hold back on endorsements as they wait for another Kennedy to run for the Senate. The DNC needs to endorse the best person for the job, not necessarily the person most likely to name based on name recognition.

    September 4, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Lynn in Montana

    I agree with those who say that Joe Kennedy II should run!! He has the experience and background. And to the person "Lou" who suggested Mitt Romney – – – surely you jest. You aren't by chance Lou Dobbs are you?

    September 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Never Repub Again, in case you haven't been paying attention, it's the Democrats who hold the presidencey and both houses of Congress. What we have to show for it is 3 million jobs lost since Obama took office when he asaid he'd create 3 million new jobs. So it appears he's 6 million jobs short of his promise.

    September 4, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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