29 years later, Ed Markey resumes his Senate campaign

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It looks like U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat, has decided to run for the Senate vacancy being created by John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of state. (Via David Bernstein.)

This will not be Markey’s first Senate run. In 1984 he was one of several Democrats who jumped in after Sen. Paul Tsongas announced he would not seek re-election because of illness. Markey soon jumped right out and ran for re-election to Congress. (Kerry, of course, was the eventual Senate winner.) Trouble was, a former state senator from Winchester named Sam Rotondi, who was also running for Congress, refused to be a domino and decided to stay in the race.

I covered the Markey-Rotondi race for The Daily Times Chronicle of Woburn, and it went right down to primary day. If I’ve got my years right, Markey then had to beat a stronger-than-usual Republican, former Somerville mayor S. Lester Ralph. It was a fun campaign.

2 thoughts on “29 years later, Ed Markey resumes his Senate campaign

  1. Mike Benedict

    One person I would not expect to run is Marty Meehan. UMass Lowell is going D 1 in the spring (heard it here first, campers), and Meehan will see that move through.

    (Just wait til the students see the extra $500 fee tacked on to their tuition bill to cover the additional coaches salaries and scholarships.)

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