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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Stephen" asks:

    Probation scandal- will we have closure? If so, what kind of changes in leadership are we looking at
    in the Legislature? If not, does your binky Carmen Ortiz take a hit?

    I'm not sure what that means about the US Attorney being my "binky," but there is a sense that if you keep a grand jury going for this long -- the Ware Commission report came out right after the November 2010 elections -- you'd better put some players in the dock at the end of it.


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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Two sides of the Cap-for-Senate possibility. First, "Anonymous" asks:

    What happens to Mike Capuano if he loses his second Dem primary despite being in Congress for over 10 years in the most heavily Dem district in the state? Could he run statewide a third time and win? Does he risk a primary challenge in the state's minority majority district?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Okay, we have some lege-watchers; "24 Beacon" asks:

    Who does the Senate President name as her Majority Leader in January? How does that affect other leadership positions and positioning members for the Senate President race in 2014?

    "Jason GWB" asks:

    Is there any word on new committee assignments on Beacon Hill?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Turning, inevitably, to the upcoming special election, "M-Wood" asks:

    Do you think it is possible that Bill Keating would run for the Kerry seat?

    No.

    Not that it would matter if he did.

    More broadly, "Megan" asks:

    What names haven't we thought of for the U.S. Senate race? I still feel like there are a few 'dark horses' that will run.

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "North Shore Dem" poses an interesting one:

    Now that Massachusetts has successfully elected a woman Senator, does that lessen the urgency to elect more women to prominent positions or increase the likelihood that more women will be elected? Who are the women poised to run and win Congressional or statewide office?

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  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Rob" asks:

    Will you ever run for office?

    Let's hope not.

    Although I can almost picture myself in a Buckley-for-NYC-mayor type escapade. Almost.

    But no thanks.

  • December 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hooray! It's a special year-end Ask Me Anthing Day!

    (You can still ask me anything; it's just special because it's the end of the year.)

    Send your questions as comments to this post, or by email to dbernstein@phx.com (let me know if you want to remain anonymous), and I'll do my best to answer in posts throughout the day.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Kathleen" brings us back to the potential Senate special:

    Do you see any women running for an open US Senate seat? Martha Coakley has said no, and Niki Tsongas seems content in Congress. Anyone else on your radar?

    First of all, Coakley is still a very real possibility. Tsongas won't run if Marty Meehan does, but if he doesn't it's possible she could get talked into it.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Turning to the local, "Noah" asks via email:

    A) Are you ready to say that Menino won't run again? B) Assuming he doesn't, who do you think will run/win?

    I am certainly NOT ready to say that. I think Menino wants to run again, and perhaps intends to run again; the question is whether he and Angela ultimately feel he is physically up to the challenge of campaigning -- which might depend on whether he gets serious challengers.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Another Senate Special Q, this one from "Steve" via email:

    Curious if you think there could be a Republican Primary if there is a Senate special election?

    Depends if you mean serious or token. Remember: Scotto had a primary in the 2010 special, against Jack E. Robinson. I would fully expect almost any Republican, Scotto included, to get a primary.

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  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "John" asks on another angle of the potential US Senate special election:

    Do you think Governor Patrick backtracks on his previous move and lets his Senate appointment run for the seat? (assuming of course Kerry is SoS)

    My sense is no -- he will again appoint someone as a placeholder, who is not running in the special election.

    But I wouldn't say that it's set in concrete.

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mike" asks:

    Rank the Congressional delegation on likelihood of running for an open US Senate seat in a special to replace Kerry.

    Aha! A political Q. I'll include current and incoming.

    1. Steve Lynch

    2. Michael Capuano

    3. Ed Markey

    4. Niki Tsongas

    5. Joe Kennedy

    6. Bill Keating

    7. Barney Frank

    8. Jim McGovern

    9. Joe Olver

    10. Richard Neal

    11. John Tierney

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "RMC" asks:

    When are you going to leave and work as a press secretary for someone important or on a campaign?

    Putting aside how monumentally bad I'd probably be at working the other side of the fence, I'm perfectly happy on this side as long as someone is willing to give me space to write about things that interest me.

  • December 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jose" starts off Ask Me Anything Day by eschewing all the political shenanigans and asking:

    Which do you prefer: Hot Toddies or Narragansett Porter?

    The answer is the 'Gansetts. Mmmmmm....

  • October 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Returning to Boston mayoral politics, "cityguy617" asks:

    Who makes it to the final 2 in a Mayor's race without Menino?

    Well, I'm sticking with my longstanding rankings with Rob "Shot-Spotter" Consalvo at #1, so I guess he's got to be one of the two. If Consalvo wins one spot, the other figures to go to a minority and/or woman and/or progressive hotshot, right?

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