BOSTON - Assuming John Kerry's confirmation as the next secretary of state, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, the dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, said yesterday that he would run in a Democratic special primary election to replace the state's senior senator.
“The events of the last several weeks – from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary to the fiscal cliff debate over tax giveaways to the rich, have all made clear that Massachusetts needs a Senator with the right priorities and values. I have decided to run for the U.S. Senate because this fight is too important. There is so much at stake," Markey said in a statement.
According to his latest campaign finance filings, Markey had over $3.1 million in cash-on-hand that could be put toward a U.S. Senate campaign. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch are considering whether to run for the Senate seat. Once Kerry resigns, Gov. Deval Patrick would have to set the date for a special election within 145 to 160 days.