I know a whole lot of people who are saying, "Damn!" right about now. The Hill is reporting that Ted Kennedy's son will not be running for John Kerry's seat in Massachussetts, should Kerry be confirmed as our next Secretary of State:
Kennedy Jr. said that although he's "extremely grateful for all of the offers of support," he doesn't want to uproot his family from their current home in Connecticut, and doesn’t feel good about moving to Massachusetts to run for a seat outside of his current home state. Kennedy said he has a "strong desire" to some day seek office "at another point in my future," most likely in Connecticut.
Ted Kennedy's wife, Victoria Kennedy, has also been mentioned as a potential candidate, and so far has no comment.
According to state law, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) must appoint a temporary successor, and many believe he’ll select someone who does not intend to run for the seat in the special election.
Spokesmen for retiring Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and John Olver (D-Mass.) declined to comment when asked if they had been contacted by Duval or would consider the interim position; both seem natural temporary fits.
Ohhh pleaseohpleaseohplease choose Barney Frank. Pleeeeeease?