Via The Boston Globe:
With Massachusetts having paid its final respects to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the politics of succession begins in earnest this week – candidates will emerge, a race will take shape, and the Kennedy clan will have to reveal whether it wants to keep the seat in the family.
All eyes now are on Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former US representative, with family members and political allies expecting him to make a decision very shortly on whether to enter the Democratic primary.
No other Kennedy of his generation with the political stature to step into the role has signaled interest in it, according to Democratic insiders and people close to the family.
Longtime Democratic media consultant Dan Payne said, “Kennedy’s decision to run would have a huge impact.”
“His candidacy in a special election would force all other candidates – real or imagined – to think twice about whether they want to take on a Kennedy so close to Senator Kennedy’s death,’’ he said.
On a personal note, I recently moved back to Massachusetts where I was born and lived for the first 33 years of my life. I’d like to see a Kennedy run for Ted’s seat. I hope either Joe or another family member steps up to carry on in Ted’s footsteps.