In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about a few interesting angles relating to the race for the vacant US Senate seat in Massachusetts.
First, I suggest that the biggest emphasis during the Ted Kennedy memorials was on his stellar constituent-services work (that's a pretty dry way of saying he helped a lot of Massachusetts residents solve their biggest problems), and that perhaps those testimonials will make constituent services a big part of what voters will be looking for in his replacement. That might be a weakness for Attorney General Martha Coakley, I write, because it's never been part of her job description.
Then I look at the potential GOP candidates, who might look like a bunch of weaklings compared against the Democratic field.
And finally, I note that attention to this Senate race is likely to overshadow the ongoing Boston municipal elections -- probably to the benefit of the incumbents.
Read it here: Giant Shadow -- Though he won't be on the ballot, Ted Kennedy's influence will be keenly felt in
the special election to replace him.
Also in the new Phoenix, you will want to see the paper's editorial calling for the legislature to quickly pass a law giving the governor power to appoint a temporary Senate replacement; and Adam Reilly has a piece about the charge that Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. (I'll add the link when I have it.)
Also, it's not a politics story, but I'd urge you to check out the cover story about one woman's struggle with HPV.