New In The Phoenix: After Kennedy, Who?

Ted Kennedy has seemed so energetic and active in recent months, it was easy to assume he would serve out his current term, and even get re-elected in 2012. We can all still hope that will be the case. But news of his brain tumor has forced us to think about the possibility that Kennedy may, at some point in the relatively near future, have to leave the senate.

I contemplate that reality in this week's Boston Phoenix (out tomorrow, online now). Kennedy's power and influence will be irreplaceable. He will cast a long shadow over the candidates who would seek to replace him. Still, there are a number of intriguing possibilities that could arise, including the likelihood of two senate seats coming open, after nearly a quarter-century without one.

The article does not list all the possible candidates, by a long shot. Also, I look only at the Democrats -- but there are plenty of potentially strong Republican possibilities. They include, but are certainly not limited to: Charles Baker, Scott Brown, Andrew Card, Darrell Crate, Chris Egan, Kerry Healey, Reed Hillman, Michael Sullivan, and Peter Torkildsen.

Anyway, take a look at the article here:

Senate Shakeup
Massachusetts hasn’t had a Senate-seat vacancy in nearly 25 years. Now we may have two. Let the speculation begin.

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