The Boston Herald got the jump on the latest candidate to consider jumping into the U.S. Senate race to replace clearly departed John Kerry (D-Empty Seat).
Joe Battenfeld’s column today:
Three’s a crowd for Lynch, Markey
U.S. Rep. Ed Markey and the Democratic establishment did not see this surprise coming.
Their plans to intimidate other Democrats from joining the special U.S. Senate election didn’t work, and now Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone’s possible entry into the race threatens to make it a three-way fight they wanted to avoid.
Leone’s disclosure, first reported on bostonherald.com, that he is seriously considering jumping into the race, could damage Markey’s campaign and leave the door open for either Leone or U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch to win the primary.
Later in the piece Battenfeld writes, “Leone’s surprise comments about running came on the same day Markey was officially launching his campaign across the state, and ended up overshadowing the Malden congressman’s events.”
That’s certainly true from a newspaper real estate standpoint. Leone got all of page 5 in today’s Herald.
Lynch and Markey got the next two:
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, Leone also scored prime real estate – Metro Page One. From the dead-tree edition:
DA may now run for seat in Senate
Leone had said he was leaving public service
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. is giving “serious consideration” to running in the special US Senate race to fill John Kerry’s seat, he said Saturday.
Leone, 50, said he has received encouragement from friends and political allies to jump into the Democratic primary campaign — a race that already has two Massachusetts congressmen, Edward J. Markey and Stephen P. Lynch, battling for the party nomination. The primary will be held April 30.
“People I have a great deal of respect for have asked me to look at the race,” Leone said. “I will give it serious consideration, but my intention, as I announced last month, has always been to leave electoral politics.”
Yes, well, the road to “Hello, Senator” is paved with good intentions.