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Massachusetts Senate Race

September 25, 2009

As an outsider to Massachusetts politics it’s interesting to have seen the rush to appoint an interim sucessor to the Senate. I come from a state where things seem to run a bit slower.

What makes it more interesting is that it seems like the choice was made so quickly to really try to grant one of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s last wishes. Even in death he is still influential.

The Boston Globe published an article today that introduces Paul. G. Kirk Jr. and some of his past accomplishments. In contrast, the Boston Herald published articles that are a bit more scrutinizing about the appointment. Instead of introducing Kirk to its readership, it has reported about the special interest groups he is a part of that might conflict with his four month long Senate stay.

This week has been international news galore with the U.N. meeting in New York and the G-20 summit in Pittsburg; this has been a bulk of the news covered on Politico‘s main page. The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe are the only news sources who had Governor Duval Patrick’s appointment to the Senate on their main page.

CQPolitics posted that so far City Year founder Alan Khazei, Attorney General Martha Coakley, 8th District U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano and Co-owner of the Boston Celtics, Stephen Pagliuca, have decided to run for the Senate seat. It will be interesting to follow how other news sites report the election as well as who wins.

In a Boston Globe article by Frank Phillips Capuano is quoted saying, “No other candidate has a record that more closely mirrors Ted Kennedy’s positions on the most critical issues facing our nation and our state.”

Coakley could be the first woman to become a Massachusetts senator. It will be interesting to see who wins. whether people cast their votes for what’s familiar (Capuano), maybe hoping to invoke Kennedy’s ghost, vote for the first female Senator from Massachusetts, a millionaire (Pagliuca) or someone dedicated to community involvement (Khazei).

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